Just a thought of concern here. I started supporting your cause(s) when it still was a fun local initiative for fund raising. I get the impression now that it developed into a major operation with international attention. This may come with certain risks. From experience I know what it feels like when one joins an established student club/association with an existing infra structure, rules, regulations, traditions, yearly event calendar etc. For the first time in my life I had the opportunity to develop my organisational talents and personal skills and by cooperating with others reach levels, that I never had reached before. The rewards were satisfaction of actually achieving something, peer appreciation, friendships (life-long) and lots and lots of fun. In a certain way it was intoxicating. My passion for the club resulted in a serious imbalance between my extracurricular activities and academic achievements. Don’t you worry, I graduated eventually. My concern for the rowers is a similar imbalance between the continuously growing Calendar/Sport Allies activities and their academic and sports achievements. Is there any monitoring or guidance by e.g. counselors or alumni or is my concern ungrounded? I still think The WR Calendar/ Sport Allies is a great initiative, but I believe we all can agree that the rowers should not be the ones to pay the price for its success in their personal lives. This may seem a bit over concerned, but there is always that risk.
PS: rowing is the best sport in the world J!