Why we do what we do

Save the date! 2019 Banquet is May 11!

2019 SURFoundation Banquet
at Lake Union Crew
2520 Westlake Ave N,
Seattle, WA 98109


Please join us as alumni, friends, and family of the scholar-athletes and coaches of SU’s rowing programs, and celebrate the teams! Tickets will be available shortly.

See you there!

Why we do what we do

If you’ve ever rowed, or especially if you rowed, coxed, or coached for Seattle University over its many-year history, you know the time, dedication, sweat, and heart that the participants pour into the program.

Many of us remember our time with the club form of the team: we slept on church pews and gymnasium floors, borrowed equipment, and paid our own way via dues and countless hours of catering events and other work-for-donation initiatives. We rowed out of every imaginable facility in the Seattle area. We put in the effort and work to not only race well, but direct our own operation.

Many of us remember our time with the varsity form of the team, either in the late 1960s – 1970s for the men’s team, or from 2012 onwards for the women’s. The work was just as hard, the time just as consuming, and the coaches just as dedicated.

As the SURF, we believe in the value of the sport. We believe in the life lessons it teaches the women and men of Seattle University. We believe in the friendships, health, and joy it creates. Above all, we believe in the scholar-athletes and coaches.

We started the SURF to give power to that belief.

We envision funded programming and scholarships, resources for racing and training equipment, endowments for fairly-paid coaches, and a physical home – our own boathouse – for both the women’s and men’s rowing programs.

Believe with us. Invest in the present and future of Rowing at Seattle University.


Support the SURF

Please consider partnering with the SU Rowing Foundation; our mission is to unite all Seattle U. Crew alumni and friends, and to support, protect, and strengthen the SU Rowing teams. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Support Men’s Rowing

Direct Support

SU’s Championship Program is made of three parts:

Scholar-Athletes who Lead with Passion, Dogged Determination, and Grit
Skilled Coaches with Focus and Unwavering Resolve
Alumni, Family Members, and Friends who Believe in the Team and enable it to operate at its Maximum Potential

Funding sources are varied, with a significant percentage coming from student-led initiatives and team dues. The team also receives some funding from University Recreation.

Your support directly enables the squad to purchase rowing shells and other equipment, compete and medal at regional and national championships every year since 2011, pay a staff of coaches, and lease boathouse space.

Non-financial support is also greatly appreciated, be it helping with food prep and support at regattas, helping facilitate lodging (Oregon, California, Georgia), being a team advocate with the University, and, especially, becoming a part of the SURF as we move forward with long-term initiatives to support the teams.

PayPal and the SURF: Streamlining and Facilitating Donations to Men’s Rowing

New in 2019, we are partnering with the squad to help facilitate direct support, utilizing the SURF’s 501(c)(3) status and PayPal system. All donations to Men’s Crew through the SURF will go directly to the team at regular intervals. Men’s Crew will continuously receive complete records of gifts to the team, reviewed by both team officers and SURF officers, and donors will be honored by both the SURF and Men’s Crew. Within the university system, donations will register as coming from the SU Rowing Foundation, of which you are a vital and valued member and partner.

Support Women’s Rowing

Women’s Rowing, elevated to a varsity sport within University Athletics in 2012 after considerable work (pressure, and logistical support) by alumni and coaches of the historic men’s and women’s program, has exciting opportunities for support. Athletics handles donations to the women’s squad, so please check out the following resource as you consider a donation to empower the next generation of oarswomen at Seattle U!

Please also consider partnering with the SU Rowing Foundation; our mission is to unite all Seattle U. Crew alumni and friends, and to support, protect, and strengthen the SU Rowing teams. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

To Donate to Women’s Rowing:

https://connect.seattleu.edu/netcommunity/athletics
Choose “Rowing, Women’s” in the Designation drop-down menu, or contact one of the Athletic Development staff members listed on that page.

Thank you!

2019 Banquet – Save the Date!

May 11, 2019 – 6-8pm

2019 SURFoundation Banquet
at Lake Union Crew
2520 Westlake Ave N,
Seattle, WA 98109

Please join us as alumni, friends, and family of the scholar-athletes and coaches of SU’s rowing programs, and celebrate the teams! Tickets will be available shortly.

See you there!