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YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge Celebrates 21 Years Rowing for a CAUSE

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – Celebrating 21 years of Rowing for a CAUSE, the YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge benefits the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which ensures everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the YMCA. Every dollar raised is an investment in our community and our future.

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The 4 day event, scheduled for September 26–29, will be held at Northshore Park in The Woodlands. The event features 6 different team activities, with teams rotating from one event to the next every 30 minutes. The Dragon Boat Races are the main event.

The boats, owned by The American Dragon Boat Association, are transported from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dragon boats are forty feet long, colorful, and weigh over 1,800 pounds.

Everyone is welcome to enter a team – corporations, local businesses, community groups, nonprofits, school teams, service clubs, sports teams, and neighborhood teams. Teams participate in a single 4 hour bracket. Limited space is available in the Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon, Sunday morning high school bracket, and Sunday afternoon brackets. Early registration is advised. To register, visit




A team is composed of a minimum of 20 members, but a roster of 25 is recommended. Each team roster must have a minimum of 5 females and participants must be at least 18 years of age. High school teams (9th – 12th grade) are eligible to participate in the Sunday morning bracket.

The exciting team-building event is designed to build community spirit among corporations, civic groups and community organizations. The activities are designed to bring individuals together to achieve a single goal – to have fun! They achieve this by becoming a team and working together as a synchronized unit. Along with improving health, whenever teamwork is involved, there’s the added benefit of being connected to others. The event gets everyone out of their office and provides adults the opportunity to play like kids with adult-size games, allowing participants to visit and play with old friends and make new friends.




The YMCA thanks its generous sponsors whose support has kept the event growing and thriving and helping the YMCA Multiply their Impact in the community: Repsol, The Woodlands Township, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Houston Methodist The Woodlands, CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands, LGI Homes, Raising Cane’s, Alight, Woodforest National Bank, Excelerate Energy, Newpark Resources, Entergy, Bradbury Brothers, Octane Fitness, McKesson, Charbonneau Industries, and Sterling Construction.

Spectators are encouraged to stop by and cheer on their favorite team. Admission is free for spectators.




First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city’s leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all – regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 26 YMCA centers, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit us on the web at