Aug 142011

Hello Fellow SDSU Rowing Alumni, Family & Friends!

The foundation has lots of exciting information to share with you in this late summer newsletter: As always, keep an eye on our website ( for the latest updates!
Table of Contents:
1.  Alumni Event @ Angels Stadium on August 20
2.  Del Mar Horse Races (Date TBD)
3.  Aztec War Games/Fall Alumni Weekend (Oct 8 -9)
3.1 Alumni vs.Team Race (Oct. 8 )
3.2 Boat Dedication (Oct. 8 )
3.3 Football tailgate before SDSU/TCU (Oct. 8 )
3.4 Golf Tournament (Oct. 9)
4.  Crew Team Update
5.  Foundation Update
Let’s get started!
1.  Alumni Event @ Angels Stadium
Alumni Dan Smith (Rowed 1997-1999 & current foundation secretary) is heading to Angel Stadium next Saturday, August 20 to watch the Angels take on the Baltimore Orioles at 6:35PM.  He has invited all alumni to come join him.  Tickets are going to be about $30 each.  This is a good chance for Orange County alumni to get back in touch with the team and foundation!  However, those living in San Diego shouldn’t feel left out.  Angel Stadium is a short train-ride away!   Take Amtrak train 785 (leaves Solana Beach @ 4:35PM) to Angel Stadium.  You can catch a ride home on train 592 leaving the stadium @ 9:11PM.  Respond to this email if you are interested in going.  He will be purchasing tickets no later than Wednesday this week.

2.  Del Mar Horseraces

Alumni Mike Clodfelter has offered to put together a day at the Del Mar Races.  The season runs until Sept. 7, so stay tuned for an update!

3.  Aztec War Games/Fall Alumni Weekend

It’s time to mark your calendars for the Aztec War Games/Fall Alumni weekend.  This year, the event will take place on the weekend of October 8/9.  The members of the foundation are hoping that we are able to re-connect with a large number of alumni this weekend, as the goal is to turn this event into the fall version of the “Crew Classic”
3.1  Alumni vs Team Race
Grab your rowing gear and jump into a shell.  The current rowers on the team have challenged the alumni to a race.  This is a good chance to get back in the waters of Mission Bay, and a fun way to find your favorite seat in a rowing shell.  Let us know if you’re willing to compete, because the foundation is trying to acquire some “competitor” shirts for the participants.

3.2 Boat Dedication

The family of Alumni Andy Drilling have recently donated a shell to the program in honor of his grandparents.  The shell has been named “William Francis.”  After the race, we look forward to christening this new shell!

3.3  Tailgate before SDSU/TCU Football Game

After the morning rowing events, enjoy an afternoon in San Diego, before heading to Qualcomm Stadium to watch the SDSU/TCU football game.  The game kicks off at 7:30PM, and it’s a good chance to see SDSU’s much-improved football team play last year’s Rose Bowl Champions.  The foundation will be tailgating before the game and we hope that you can join us!

3.4  Golf Tournament

On Sunday, we are putting together the Second Annual Beekley Foundation Golf Tournament.  This year we will be playing at Mission Trails Golf Course.  Once again, it will be a 4 man scramble.  Let us know if you are interested in playing, so we can reserve a spot for you.  (If you can’t put together a 4 person team, but still want to play, let us know, and we will pair you up with other alumni!)

4.  Crew Team Update
This year, the team looks forward to having its biggest returning class in many years.  There are 16 to 18 rowers that will be returning!  (While many of us remember having much larger returning classes in the past, this is really exciting, as just 2 years ago, there were only 5 returning rowers)  The team is going to hit the recruiting trail hard once school starts on August 29.  The team was also recruiting players at the Freshman Orientation a few weeks ago, and they are looking forward to growing!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the coach (Brian Robison: for more information.  He has also invited our alumni to come down to the boat-house to observe a practice if you’re interested!
In our next newsletter, we hope to have the schedule posted for everyone!  Also, be aware that the Crew Classic will be taking place on the March 31 & April 1.

5.   Foundation Update

The foundation still continues to work to raise money to support the team and to keep our alumni in touch with what’s going on.  We look forward to hearing more from our alumni regarding what they want to hear regarding the team, and ideas that our alumni base has for events or fundraising opportunities.  We’ve been excited to see some of our alumni get involved with the program again, and we are looking forward to hearing from more alumni!  Send us an email to catch up, join our alumni group on LinkedIn or follow the foundation on Twitter!
All of us in the Beekley Rowing Foundation thank for supporting the team!
Jake Wittler     Andy Olson      Jon Singer     Dan Smith
President        VP                   Treasurer       Secretary
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