9th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta - Year of the Water Dragon
Brooks Lake @ Fluor, Sugar Land October 20-21, 2012
The Year of the Water Dragon - according to the Chinese New Year it is a year noted for breakthroughs, not disasters - and a year filled with harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity. It will definitely be a year noted for breakthroughs, harmony, virtue, fulfillment, and longevity. During the 9th Annual Dragon Boat Regatta, October 20-21, 2012, teams comprised of individuals who have and still are overcoming challenges will participate in the dragon boat races. Each year Breast Cancer Survivor teams participate in this event. However, this year the event will be noted for two teams. One team comprised of a mix of leukemia and cancer teenagers with their parents, doctors, nurses, etc. - the MD Anderson Super Heroes Youth team and the other team, MD Anderson Cancer Slayer will compete once again ride the dragon in the waters of Brooks Lake in Sugar Land, Texas. Last year the MD Anderson Super Heroes Youth team competed in the event along with paddlers from corporate, youth, community and out-of-town teams. There were tears of joy and excitement from the sidelines as the Super Heroes paddled towards the finish line. People celebrated not only because the youth completed the race but because of their stamina and courage to compete in the race. Only at TDBA’ dragon boat event will one see such courage and stamina.
Teams participating in the regatta give their all when paddling a boat that measures 40 feet in length, 4 feet in width and weighing 500 pounds. Dragon boat racing not only builds muscles and strength, it builds harmonious relationships. This is a great team building event for people ages 15 and 60 and older. There are still team slots available if corporate or community teams who would like to participate in the fastest growing water sport. However, slots are going quickly.
Our event has come to be known as one of the largest multicultural and team-building activities in Fort Bend County- bringing over 5,000 visitors. While there is a lot of excitement about the activities in the water, there is plenty of action on land. We have a sample of Asian cuisine, colorful arts and crafts, and cultural performance which include Chinese lion dancing, martial arts demonstrations, belly dancing, and many other performances focusing on Asian traditions. This event is a free, family event will. You don’t want to miss it!
October 20-21, 2012
9th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Brooks Lake at Fluor Daniels Campus in Sugar Land, Texas
Free Admission to the public
If you are interested in joining us this year or would like more information on sponsorship, vendors, committee and volunteer opportunities, please contact Eve Marie Ruhlman, the Executive Director at email@example.com or visit www.texasdragonboat.com
About Texas Dragon Boat Association: The Texas Dragon Boat Association is a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit corporation established to promote the tradition of dragon boating, increase awareness of Asian and Asian American culture, and enhance cross-cultural understanding. TDBA organizes the Houston Dragon Boat Festival, the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta and other dragon boating events throughout the year.