By now, you’ve probably heard of The University of Warwick Boat Club, known as The Warwick Rowers, and their unbelievably beautiful calendar. Since 2009, the men’s rowing team has produced an annual calendar featuring the rowers completely nude. Initially, the calendar was started to help fund the team’s season.
However, since 2012, some of the proceeds have been donated to Sport Allies, an organization created by the team “to reach out to young people challenged by bullying, homophobia or low self-esteem”.
Right on schedule, the rowers are baring it all for the cause, and they released a teaser to promote the highly anticipated 2017 calendar. In the video, the boys venture to London Pride and speak candidly about homophobia in sports.
“Homophobia is still a problem in sport, and we’re here to be part of the solution. We want inclusion for everyone,” the rowers said.
Through striking portraits and groups photos, the rowers prove that they’re committed to fighting homophobia and proud to take a stance against bullying.
In addition to calendars, the rowers produce and sell a variety of other products including stunning videos, limited edition photos and beautiful coffee books featuring full-frontal photography.
Today, they announced their annual crowdfunding campaign on their website. The update reads:
“Here it is! The Warwick Rowers crowdfunder has returned!
Our annual crowdfunder campaigns help to fund the production of our new products, and give our supporters a chance to get a few bargains.
Whether you are a new fan or a seasoned supporter, we have something for you. Our crowdfunder Includes instant downloads, discount prices on our current stock and pre orders of our new #WR17 range.
We have reorganized our shop to make it easier to find what you want and also to rediscover some content you may have missed.
- Our Alumni collection covers the early days from the start until 2013,
- Our Graduate collection has all of our recent content from 2014 to 2016
- The Freshers collection features our newest rowers for this year.
- The Signature collection is for all of our limited edition and bespoke products.
For the WR17 crowdfunder we have created some great deals across all four areas of the shop, but be quick! These deals will end when we launch our WR17 range in late October 2016.”
If you’d like to pre-order a calendar, click here, and watch the teaser video below!