CLEMSON — Athletes from Clemson University’s women’s rowing team will partner with teams of amateurs in the Team Up for Clemson Regatta to raise money for local nonprofit organizations Saturday, Oct. 27, at the women’s rowing facility on Hartwell Lake.

The women’s rowing team has been teaching amateur teams from local churches, non-profits, business and university departments and organizations how to row so they can face off in a series of races. Each boat will have six amateurs and two athletes from the rowing team. The event is hosted by the Joint City-University Advisory Board.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the things that make Clemson distinctive: great town-gown relations, a vibrant college town, a major research university, a lakefront location, a championship-caliber women’s rowing team and a lot of competitive spirit,” said Rick Cotton, city administrator and event planning chairman. “It’s also a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and raise money for worthwhile causes.” 

Proceeds from the regatta will benefit the women’s rowing team as well as Clemson Community Care, the Clemson Child Development Center, Littlejohn Community Center, the Arts Center, Clemson Area African-American Museum and Clemson Free Clinic.

“We are looking forward to bringing the city and university community together for this great event,” said women’s rowing coach Robbie Tenenbaum. “The city of Clemson and the university have a great relationship, and we hope to raise some money for local charities and expose everyone to our great sport.”

The event is open to spectators, with a suggested entry fee of $1 or two cans of food per person. Concessions will be available for purchase at the event.

The rowing facility is located at the end of East Beach Drive, which is off of Perimeter Road. Coming from the direction of Sikes Hall, take S.C. 93 to Perimeter Road. After making a left onto Perimeter Road, take the first right onto East Beach Drive. Follow the road past the rugby field until it ends at the rowing facility.

Race schedule and teams

9 a.m., nonprofit division: Littlejohn Community Center, Clemson Free Clinic, the Arts Center, Clemson Child Development Center, Clemson Community Care and Clemson Area African American Museum

10 a.m., community and business division: Clemson Conference Center & Inn, Clemson University Faculty Senate, Upstate Boot Camp, Sardis Den and Soluna

11 a.m., college team division: Tri-County Technical College, Southern Wesleyan University, Clemson University Staff Senate, Clemson University School of Accountancy and Finance, Clemson University Office of Human Resources, Clemson University Division of Student Affairs

Noon, Clemson community division: (Teams of area residents) Team Hot Flash, Crazy Cousins, The Yankee Clippers, Team Cold Sweats and Rock and Rowers

1 p.m., church team division: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, First Baptist Clemson, First United Methodist Church, Clemson Presbyterian and Cannon Memorial Baptist Church

2 p.m., service organization division: Rotary Club of Clemson, Clemson Lions Club, Calhoun Rotary Club, city of Clemson, Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce and Clemson Sertoma Club

3 p.m., President’s Final Cup: Winners from each division will race