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Optimism —And You —Will Keep Us Afloat

Nov 12, 2020

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By Michael Callahan
Head Coach, Washington Men's Rowing

Taken from the Fall, 2020, edition of SWEEP magazine

Sometimes, in the middle of a race, there comes a win-or-lose moment that can change everything.
You're behind with only seconds to change the momentum. You heed the coxswain's call and collectively find another gear. You must all trust the rhythm and the training. You pull for the oarsmen in front of you and those behind you. Momentum builds and your bowball inches ahead when it matters most.
Washington Rowing and all of Husky Athletics are at that win-or-lose moment today. COVID-19 is the most direct threat to our mission we've faced in generations. Our future is uncertain.
As I write this, we've learned we will be able to welcome back our rowers on the first day of classes with extraordinarily well planned and careful safety measures in place. We know we have a long row ahead filled with challenges.
Throughout the 2020-21 season, we will adhere to our top priorities: First, the physical and mental health of our student-athletes; second, ensuring they continue to make progress towards their degrees; and third, row. 
Key to these goals will be ensuring that the Athletic Department continues to provide academic support, mentoring and other scaffolding to our young student-athletes so that they can excel in the classroom.
Uncertainty lingers, yet, I'm enormously grateful for the ongoing stability of the vibrant rowing program and community we've built through generations. You buoy me by your strength and steadiness. I'm comforted and proud of the relentless drive and resilience of our Husky family. You always put people first, and as a result, our student-athletes enjoy an unmatched experience at Washington and more importantly, beyond. The constant support of our alumni and fans makes it all possible. 
Please learn more in the article on page 3 about how you can contribute to the future of Washington Rowing by providing critical support through Huskies All In. We're counting on you to fulfill your important role, to have faith and to keep our momentum going. It's time to pull together.