Dragon Boat Race benefits Children's Miracle Network - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Dragon Boat Race benefits Children's Miracle Network

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation held the first Dragon Boat Race benefit in Lake Charles on Saturday, April 27. 

The race had 14 teams, each made up of 20 rowers.

"They practiced twice a week for weeks," said Dana Keel of Team Citgo. "I have to admit that our team was rowing in a swimming pool to practice. They did an awesome job."

In dragon boat racing, rowers must paddle to the beat of an on-board drummer.

Father Brian King is the drummer for his team, The Holy Rowers. He said it was important to practice to the beat of the drum to keep everyone in sync.

"They come instruct us on how to best do this, the smartest way to do it. And then it's just a matter of getting into the right rhythm," King said.

And the race participants hope the Dragon Boat Race comes back again next year. 

"I think the dragon boat race was perfect for our lake. I think it's a perfect opportunity for us to use our lakefront, especially with all the new improvements," Keel said. "I think the Children's Miracle Network hit a home run on this one."

King said he hopes to return next time for the race. 

All of the proceeds from the Dragon Boat Race will benefit the Children's Miracle Network for funding of pediatric-related equipment and technology at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and health education programs throughout SWLA. 

For more, check out the attached video. 

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