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Community Rowing News
Knapp Boat Dedication
April 20, 2002
On Saturday, April 20, 2002, the Yale Community Rowing Program dedicated its first racing shell at the Gilder Boathouse in honor of longtime Derby resident Hazel Knapp.
Hazel served the Lower Naugatuck Valley communities her whole life, and always took great interest in the health of the Housatonic River, where she lived. A remarkable woman who was one of the first female radio broadcasters in Connecticut, in addition to being the Chairperson of the Valley Regional Planning Agency, and the leading member of countless civic organizations in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Hazel passed away in 1998.
naming our first shell after an individual who epitomized community
dedication, we hope to inspire our own participants to emulate the
selfless life of Hazel Knapp.
Yale's Director of Athletics, Tom Beckett spoke at the dedication, reaffirming Yale's commitment to the communities in which it is involved.
Yale Men's Heavyweight Crew coach, Dave Vogel, spoke of the significance of the boat dedications, and how it was fitting that the Community Rowing Program's first shell honored Hazel Knapp.
Ansonia native, and Yale Rowing Olympic Champion John Cooke also spoke. In addition to pleasing the crowd with his journey from an Ansonia High School football player to Yale Olympic Rowing Gold Medalist, he spoke of the great potential for the still young Community Rowing Program to have a great influence in the lives of New Haven and Lower Naugatuck Valley youth.
Jack Walsh, chairman of the Valley United Way and Derby Parks and Recreation Commission spoke on behalf of the Mayor of Derby, and expressed great gratitude for the program, and challenged Yale to keep its commitment to be a good neighbor with the Lower Naugtuck Valley.
Community Rowing Director Jamie Snider and local Shelton resident, and Community Rowing Program participant Catheryn Lozinak poured water from the Housatonic River to dedicate the shell.
Community Rowing Program Director Andrew Morley served as the Master of Ceremonies for the even. The ceremony followed a great day of racing between Yale's Varsity Men's Lightweight and Heavyweight crews and Columbia and Pennsylvania.