Every year, DVFS fields an intrepid team of paddlers in the International Dragon Boat Race on the Schuylkill River. The DVFS Distracted Dragons compete with dozens of teams from the greater Philadelphia area, and raise money for experiential learning (ABLE) and off-campus student travel.
We recruit more paddlers every year! Faculty and staff, parents, trustees, and friends of friends who are looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure and amazing camaraderie are invited to join us.
No paddling experience required - just a willingness to come to two to three team practices over the summer and help in our team fundraising efforts.
Email Ken Sinapius to express your interest. While you're at it, tell a friend!
Or, if paddling isn't your thing, you can still support DVFS by sponsoring the team, or your favorite paddler, with a donation. Go to this year's fundraising page >
Save the date for this year's event: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018
2017: We raised $12,227 from 140 supporters! For the first time, we fielded TWO full Dragon Boat teams with 41 paddlers. The faster of our two boats placed fourth in the Mixed C Division, and left us all hungry for a big win in 2018.
2016: We raised $11,956 from 106 supporters! We also upped our game and nabbed a bronze medal in the C division.
2015: We placed third in the Mixed E Division.
2014: We fielded our first Dragon Boat team, and placed third in the Mixed C Division.