First, I love to learn. Taking on new challenges is a great way to expand your potential and gain new skills and perspective. Rowing across the Atlantic will be physically trying, but even more challenging are our current preparations of logistics and team dynamics. These are the elements that inspired me to take on this project. I want to learn first hand the answers to questions like, How do you plan and execute a multifaceted team project with members based in two countries and three different cities? How do you raise hundreds of thousands of dollars towards the execution of a fundraising project? How do you manage risk effectively? What sort of psychology is needed to accomplish a feat as great as rowing self supported across an ocean?
Second, I love connecting with people and building community. Liberians, Venezuelans, Canadians, Americans, and the Coast Salish Peoples… What commonalities do we share and what differences can we celebrate? The row will connect Right to Play community projects in Liberia and Venezuela, and our goal is to inspire others across North America who follow our journey to take on new and invigorating challenges of their own.
Third, I am a nerd and I’m happy to report that science is cool. My teammates and I will be collecting research data on human physiology and ocean biology, physics and chemistry along our voyage. The data we collect will contribute to increasing our understanding of the planet, the human condition, and the relationship between the two. We have partnered with researchers at the University of Washington, WA, and the University of Calgary, AB.
Fourth, I like to surround myself with success and I am inspired by my teammates. Jordan is an adventure writer, Greg is a physiotherapist, and Rick is an aerospace engineer. All are driven to find and push their limits.
Fifth, I want to inspire youth to develop a love for work. A key to finding fulfillment in life, is developing a love of work. There is little chance of children developing a love for hard work and a sense of determination through traditional school work; children are more likely to adopt these traits while engaging in activities they enjoy – like play and adventure. Children can then transfer these essential skills across disciplines, whether academic or otherwise. Otto Loggers, a graduate of Harvard’s School of Education, has joined the OAR Northwest team to create curriculum that will inspire children to get outside, be active and choose their own adventure.
Finally, I believe that the secret to living is giving. Martin Luther Kind Jr. said it best: “Success is judged by the quality of your relationship with humanity”. I have worked with Right to Play since 2004 and I’m passionate about furthering RTP’s mandate of using play and sport to lift children from poverty, disease and war across the world. OAR Northwest has partnered with Right To Play to raise funds and awareness for their cause.
You can find more information about the row here.