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Inaugural Dragon Boat Festival a
The inaugural Dragon Boat Festival held Saturday, May 3 in Charleston
exceeded all expectations, according to festival organizers and MUSC
Dragon boats race
for a space during Dragon Boat Festival, May 3.
The event featured 47 teams of 21 people, including four teams from
MUSC, and raised more than $66,000 for Hollings Cancer Center
survivorship programs. (The goal had been to attract up to 30 teams and
The daylong event at Brittle Bank Park on the Ashley River was
described as “a huge success,” said Sterling Hannah, HCC community
services manager who was responsible for bringing the event here.
daughter of registered nurse Julie Moser, helps direct HCC's dragon
Each of the 50 teams that registered for the race paid between $800 and
$850 per boat, depending on whether they were nonprofit or corporate
Dragon boat racing is a competitive sport that is growing in popularity
worldwide. “Paddlers do not have to possess any greater skill or
athletic ability other than the ability to work as part of a team,”
Hannah said. “Dragon boat competitors come in all shapes, sizes, ages,
and we have an entire team made only of cancer survivors.”
Families, friends and competitors gathered under bright, warm skies
around colorfully- decorated tents and enjoyed hotdogs, burgers and the
“This is the first of many dragon boat festivals we can expect to come
to Charleston,” Hannah said. “We learned a lot from this first event.
And despite the winds, current and a few other hiccups, we could not
have imagined a better launch or introduction of dragon boat racing to
The future of dragon boat racing in the Lowcountry, Hannah said, will
rely upon the interest in teambuilding and teamwork for participants.
“This is not only good for the body, it does wonders for the mind and
All pledges raised by paddlers in the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival
will benefit the innovative physical and emotional support programs
offered through HCC, including the Mobile Health Unit and Camp Bluebird.
Friday, May 9, 2008
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