Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County hosted the 2nd Annual Rock the Boat Regatta with Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, July 20, at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club pool.
Throughout the two weeks leading up to the big event, more than 100 Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club members worked with representatives from IPG and the Sheriff’s Office to construct and design their boats using solely cardboard and a variety of IPG’s colored duct tape.
By July 20, 14 teams were ready to race their creations with hopes of becoming the Ultimate Rock the Boat Regatta Champion.
The teams were divided into brackets, including Club members and CEOs. All but one of the cardboard vessels successfully stayed afloat in the race against Club members. In the CEOs race, our President/CEO Bill Sadlo faced off against IPG President Greg Yull and Sheriff Tom Knight.
The winners of each bracket included:
- Club members: Seas the Moment; and
- CEOs: defending CEO champion IPG President Greg Yull with his boat Gator Done.
In the final race, Seas the Moment was named the Ultimate Rock the Boat Regatta Champion after a photo finish against Yull and Gator Done.
Awards were also given to teams who were the Most Creative and the Fastest. The Most Creative award went to Tank the Destoyer, and the Fastest award went to Seas the Moment.
“Our team built a Tank the Destoyer!” said Club member Aiden M., 10. “We all worked together on the design, and we’re really proud with how it turned out!”
Just as the event was coming to an end, Sheriff Tom Knight challenged Bill Sadlo to a one-time, high-stakes race.
“If we win, Sheriff Knight said they’ll make a $1,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs!” said Sadlo. “If we lose, I have to spend one hour in jail and eat a meal! For the Club kids, I accept this challenge!”
Once the whistle was blown to start the race, Sadlo and Sheriff were neck-and-neck until the Sheriff’s boat crossed over into Sadlo’s lane at the half-way point. From there, Sadlo was able to push ahead and be the first at the finish line.
“This event was truly a celebration of our partnerships with IPG and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sadlo. “While both IPG and the Sheriff’s Office give generous contributions and support for programs, they also bring their employees to our Clubs to work directly with our members on special projects, teaching them critical skills that they need to be successful in school and life, such as teamwork and leadership.”
The first Annual Rock the Boat Regatta took place in 2017, after IPG expressed interest in getting involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Not only did the company choose to start this event, they also agreed to be the Presenting Sponsor for the annual Leadership Breakfast that takes place each September in support of teen programming at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. The 13th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday, September 14, at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club. The event will recognize Dick Vitale, Sports Personality, and Todd Jones, Publix Super Markets CEO, for their commitment to empowering teens as community leaders. Tickets can be purchased online. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here for more information.
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