The Fifth Annual Row for Autism Regatta will be held on Saturday, April 16, at 8 a.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, hosted by Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and the North Hempstead Town Board, in partnership with Friends of Port Rowing.
Spectators are invited to attend this free event to cheer on local rowing teams and adaptive rowers as they raise awareness and money for autism. The event is sponsored by U.S. Rowing and attracts teams from throughout New York and nearby states.
“The Row for Autism Regatta is a beautiful event that encourages comradery while raising money and awareness for autism,” said Bosworth. “The town is proud to be hosting this event once again.”
The event started five years ago with the goal of combining two interests: the love of rowing and the need to raise awareness about the growing number of children with autism.
On the day of the event, the town’s website, www.northhempsteadny.gov, will also have a live-streaming video of the finish line as the rowers cross over.
Twenty-five percent of the money raised will be donated to Autism Speaks of Long Island, with the remaining proceeds going toward the purchase of adaptive rowing equipment, which allows a disabled teenager to be paired with a typical peer mentor. Residents can donate in person at the event or online at www.portrowing.com.
Team registration is available at www.portrowing.com through April 9. For more information, call 311 or 516-869-6311.
—Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead