Corporate Rowing Challenge


On February 25th, 2023, the Vigo County YMCA will host the Wabash Valley Crew's Second Annual Corporate Rowing Challenge. Teams will compete against each other on Erg machines (indoor rowing machine) for a total of 30 minutes. There are three races; a celebrity race, a corporate race and a youth race. Each team entry cost $500 and proceeds go towards building a boathouse for Wabash Valley Crew in Fairbanks Park! 

Corporate Participants

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Celebrity Participants

Duke Bennett 1
 Duke Bennett
Terre Haute Mayor
Michelle Hein 3
Michelle Hein
Dancing With the Terre Haute Stars 
2021 Winner
Shawn Keen 4
Shawn Keen
Terre Haute Chief of Police
Rondrell Moore 5
Rondrell Moore
WTHI-TV Journalist
John Plasse
Vigo County Sheriff
Tim Sanders
Judges Choice Winner of 2021 Dancing With the Terre Haute Stars
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Michael Shaw
Chris Switzer
Vigo County Commissioner
Jim Winning 
First Financial Bank
Commercial Lending 

Howard Greninger
News Reporter
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Special Guests


Arshay Cooper is a Rower, Regional Bestselling and Award-winning author, A 2x Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, motivational speaker, and activist, and the protagonist of the film A Most Beautiful Thing. Arshay grew up on the West Side of Chicago, and in 1997, he joined (and later became captain of) the first all-black high school rowing team at Manley High School, an experience that changed his life


Alvin Ross is an original member of the first all-black high school rowing team at Manley High School in Chicago, alongside Arshay. Ross said, “When we used to be out on the water and everyone laid back and we’d talk, we all noticed that all of us wanted the same thing. Peace. And it brought us the same thing. We all wanted peace, we all felt at peace on the water” (WTTW, 2020). Ross now owns his own moving company in Chicago.

Thank you to our Sponsors! 


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Team Up With Us!

Supporting Wabash Valley Crew has never been easier, and any contribution will be appreciated. If you are unable to take part in our event, but still want to help raise money for the boathouse, you may make any checks payable to Wabash Valley Crew and mail to: PO Box 11088, Terre Haute, IN  47801. You can also use the donate button below!  As part of its 30th Anniversary celebration, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation has issued a $150,000 challenge grant to Wabash Valley Crew in support of a permanent boathouse facility. From now until December 31, 2023, Wabash Valley Crew must raise $1 from the general public to receive $1 from the Community Foundation, up to $150,000. We want to thank those who donate and let you know that we couldn't do it without you!