Pellissippi State Community College’s volunteer rowing crew, the Pink Panthers, competed in its first Knoxville Dragon Boat Race on June 27 and raised an impressive amount for charity.
Fifty corporate and community organizations paddled the Tennessee River in 41-foot dragon boats to raise money for Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). In its first year at the races, the Pink Panthers raised $4,592. Overall, teams raised $96,000 for KARM.
Pellissippi State’s Pink Panthers team was one of only two all-female rowing groups. The team’s 21 members wore pink Hawaiian leis for the race, and some donned tiaras and sprayed their hair pink.
The Pink Panthers will return, assured one team member.
“We will absolutely participate again next year and may even expand by adding a co-ed team in addition to our all-female Pink Panthers,” said Amanda Walton, who organized the rowing team. Walton coordinates Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program, in which high school students can earn high and school and college credits simultaneously.