Rowing for Boston

Senior Corinne Wee’s T-shirts put unity on display at the Women's Crew Beanpot this past weekend.

Teams from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard-Radcliffe, Holy Cross, Northeastern, and MIT went head to head in five crew events, all wearing identical “Row For Boston” T-shirts, designed by Corinne Wee ’13.
The T-shirt features blade patterns of Boston area schools that reads “Row for Boston.”

Competition was intense at the Women’s Crew Beanpot this past Sunday on the Charles River, but there were no team colors in sight. Spurred by the Boston Marathon bombings, 225 rowers from six area schools rallied around the efforts of Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight rower Corinne Wee ’13, who designed a T-shirt featuring blade patterns of Boston area schools that reads “Row for Boston.”

“The shirt features the oar designs of each individual college, all coming together to form the word ‘Boston,’” Wee said. “While we will all be racing against each other down the course, we recognize that we all have one thing in common: every single one of us is proud to row for Boston.”

Although Harvard-Radcliffe won the Beanpot, Wee said that once all the teams lined up at the start, wearing the same shirts, “everyone felt connected and part of one effort.” Proceeds from the sale of shirts goes to the Boston Children's Hospital Emergency and Trauma Fund. In partnership with USRowing and Boathouse Sports, shirts are being sold nationwide and teams from across the country are showing support for Boston while competing through May.

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