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UNC Crew 50th Anniversary

Updated March 12, 2020: For precautionary measures due to the coronavirus, the 50th anniversary reunion that was to be held April 3-5, 2020 has been rescheduled.  The new date is Oct. 2-4, 2020 (view date change refund information).

UNC Crew Celebrates 50 Years | Oct. 2-4, 2020

Dear Fellow Rowing Alumni and Friends,

In February of 1970, we received our first two shells. Rowing had officially come to Carolina. Five decades later, rowing at Carolina continues to flourish. Between three distinct crew programs, nearly 2,000 men and women have bent an oar at University Lake.

We invite all rowing alumni to Chapel Hill to celebrate UNC Crew’s golden anniversary the weekend of Oct. 2-4, 2020. We want to celebrate our rowing past, present and future.

Why should you attend? We want to bring together every person who has been touched by the three UNC Crew programs in the last fifty years – previous rowers, coxswains, coaches, friends and families of UNC Crew. Remember what it was like when we were all younger versions of our current selves? We may not be in as good of shape now, but our individual narratives have grown. Your teammates all want to hear your story, relive past glories, shake your hand or give you a hug. Once connected by the oar, now connected for life.

Our event attendance goal is lofty. We want to welcome back 500-800 of the known 1,600+ alumni of whom we have contact information. We hope you will assist us in spreading the word to your peers, particularly if you see their names are absent from our rowing honor roll.

The weekend will be full of activities. We are planning an informal gathering on Franklin Street on Friday night, a family-friendly alumni regatta on Saturday morning, a banquet on Saturday night and a crew alumni association meeting on Sunday morning.

This event will be special if we can count on you to reach out to those who made a difference in your life. Please join us in Chapel Hill Oct. 2-4, 2020.

UNC Crew 50th Anniversary Planning Committee