From staff reports
Glory Days Magazine will be entering a boat into the inaugural Gilda’s Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bader Field in Atlantic City. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey, and no experience is necessary.
This means that the Glory Days Dragon Boat Dream Team needs some rowers! Glory Days will be looking to fill its team with nine male and nine female rowers who will join several members of our staff to compete in the Dragon Boat races. Any Cape-Atlantic League coach, or athlete who is at least a sophomore, will be eligible to join our squad, as well as former athletes or parents of current student-athletes. Seniors who graduated in 2016 also are eligible. All team members will receive a free special edition Glory Days Dragon Boat Dream Team T-shirt courtesy of Think Ink in Mays Landing, and we will have a tent on site the day of the races to serve as our home base.
Now, to register for a chance to be a part of our team, simply send an email to email@example.com and explain in 100 words or less why you would like to be a part of The Dream Team. Also include whether you are a coach, athlete, parent or former athlete, and what school and sport you represent, as well as your age and hometown. Parents and student-athletes can also register together. We are aiming to fill our squad as quickly as possible. Also, keep in mind there will be a practice session on Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at Bader Field, so please make sure you would be available for that if you are selected.
Dragon Boat racing, for those not familiar with it, dates back 2,000 years to the Chinese legend of Qu Yuan, a fourth-century statesman who was exiled from Chu. Under the weight of his sorrow, he flung himself into the Milou River. But some local fishermen raced out to save him, beating their drums and splashing their paddles in the water to prevent water dragons and fish from eating Qu Yuan. The modern-day Dragon Boat race is a re-enactment of the race to save Qu Yuan.
So if you want to be a part of the Glory Days Dream Team and enjoy a great day in Atlantic City for a good cause, let’s get those emails in! In addition, Glory Days has a goal of raising $1,000 to support Gilda’s Club, and a link to donate will be posted on our Facebook page, facebook.com/acglorydays. So if you haven’t already liked the page, please do so today!