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Thanks to Coach Tom Feaster and the Stewards Foundation  ( Daytime hosts Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli take to the Hillsborough River in Tampa to try their hand at the beautiful sport of rowing.

Here's a little more info on the Stewards Foundation:
  • The University of Tampa began its intercollegiate Crew (rowing team) in 1941
  • UT planned to discontinue the team in 1984
  • The Stewards Foundation was formed to foster rowing in the Tampa Bay area and save the sport of rowing
    • Founding Stewards include community visionaries such as
      • the late Fred Leary
      • Finn Casperson
      • Van McNeel
      • Fred Bullard
      • William Krusen Sr.
    • The Stewards Foundation was granted tax-exempt status (501(c)3) in 1991
    • First Stewards Project: The McNeel Boathouse at the University of Tampa
      • 12,000 sq ft. facility with boat/equipment storage, dormitories, bathrooms, access to UT cafeteria 
        Revenue from visiting teams sustained operating costs and the UT Crew 
        Stewards Foundation raised construction funds
    • As of Fall, 2003, The University of Tampa was no longer able to accommodate visiting teams and local high schools in its boathouse
      • Host to over 20 visiting collegiate crew teams per year
      • Host to over 300 area high school student rowers per year
    • The crisis: There was limited river access for local recreational users and youth organizations
    • Solution: Tampa Water Sports Center

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