Aug. 4, 2014 – Launch fundraising for Rowing Center
Florida Tech’s founder and first president, Dr. Jerome Keuper, established Florida Tech Crew in 1968. His vision was for rowing to be as successful at Florida Tech as it was at his alma mater, MIT.
Robert (Bob) Dunlap was the mastermind behind the start-up of the rowing program. Recognized as the “Father of Florida Tech Crew,” he designed the first boathouse and secured its first eight-man shell.
This vision has proven true with Florida Tech Crew capturing many national and regional championships. The program has also produced world class rowers who have competed internationally on elite teams and have become Olympians.
The funds raised for the rowing center have been put into an endowment to support the rowing program until sufficient funds are raised to build a state-of-the-art facility. We anticipate ultimately establishing a place that will accommodate greater roster sizes, an indoor erg room, an Olympic style weight room, a Room of Champions and the capacity to cater to events. Such a rowing center would support recruiting, allow the teams to continue growing and to achieve at a higher level, and would be an asset to the Florida Tech community and the community as a whole.