Creative Volunteers Needed!

With the end of summer right around the corner, our next holiday is Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend in Lansing is full of excitement. Please join us for the second annual Capital City Dragon Boat Race down the Grand River in East Adado Riverfront Park. You can participate in this exciting event in many ways.   If paddling a dragon boat isn’t your “thing”, you could be a part of our dragon boat community as a volunteer!

The Capital City Dragon Boat Race is produced by a team of like-minded volunteers interested in renewing waterfront activity on the Grand River. We are looking for volunteers to help on race day – many different skills can be put to good use that day! But you can also get involved in advance!

Here are a couple of ideas for the creative members of our community:

  • T-SHIRT DESIGN: Please submit your design for our Volunteer t-shirts (short-sleeved or sleeveless). Main design should be on the back and include space for sponsor names and logos. You can include small design on the front, as well. We will also use this design for the Event T-shirts each team member will receive after the race. Last year’s shirt was long-sleeved with design down one sleeve. Design should reflect the Asian theme of the Capital City Dragon Boat Race.DEADLINE FOR DESIGN: MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012. Please contact us at
  • CREATE THE PADDLE FOR THE TEAM SPIRIT AWARD: The motto of the American Dragon Boat Association is “Friendship Through Paddling.” The Team Spirit Award is voted upon by the participants of the race, honoring the team that best exhibits this motto. We would like this award to be a plaque mounted on a small replica of a dragon boat paddle (Note: dragon boat paddles are unique in design, with a flat bottom on the blade.) Any woodworkers out there interested in creating this paddle for us?DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED PADDLE (minus the plaque): THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012. Please contact us at
  • DESIGN THE MEDALS / AWARD PLAQUES: We provide medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. These should be designed to hang on ribbon lanyards and should reflect the Asian theme of the Capital CIty Dragon Boat Race.DEADLINE FOR DESIGN: MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012 Please contact us at

Please share this so we can reach out to Mid-Michigan creative folks willing to help us with these projects! THANK YOU!

~ Dragon Lady ~

Social and Physical Benefits Through Dragon Boat Racing

Marla Baker, a present captain and warehouse volunteer of DragonSports USA, was profiled in the article, “Dragon Boat racing offers social, physical benefits” by the Daily Journal of Commerce’s Reed Jackson on Thursday, May 10, 2012. Baker currently captains three times a week and has raced boats for nine years. Being on the bow of a 700-pound boat enables her to forget about any life challenges, such as raising her 10 grandchildren and running her boat repair company by herself.

“It’s a release for everything. This is definitely my out in life,” says Baker, “It’ll make you a happier person – on the jobsite as well as in life.” She is a successful former owner – known as the “hood lady” – of a stainless steel company that furnished kitchen restaurants across the country. Baker mentions that many racers are either architects or contractors. In fact, her husband, Chuck Baker is also an electrician. With their previous job experience, they have become proficient boat builders.

Darrell Hames, the owner of DragonSports, also believes that people who work in the field of architecture and construction have exceptional interest in the competitive sports like Dragon Boat racing.

Hames mentions, “It’s a sport where you have to have the ability to take time off and go to the races, and you have to be able to afford it.” This is the reason why DragonSports tend to get more racers that possess the individual professional aspects or are the business owners.

Dragon Boat racers are serious about making connections and competitive sports. Dragon Boat racing attracts people as a great opportunity for social networking. Baker states that the real draw to racing is that regardless of age, size or past, someone can make 24 new friends almost immediately. It does not only offer social benefits, but also physical benefits. Baker continues that this is one of the healthiest things you can do because paddling helps prevents injuries on the job site.