Rowing for a Cause

USF Bulls try to set a world record for continuous rowing while raising money for Quantum Leap Farm.


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By Katy Hennig

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (May 15, 2013) - Brother and sister rowing team Matt and Shannon Casey took to the streets of downtown Tampa at 11 a.m. Wednesday and plan to row all the way through until Thursday at 1 p.m.


The University of South Florida Bulls are pushing themselves to set the world record for continuous rowing - 26.2 hours - and in the process they hope to raise money and support for the Quantum Leap Farm.


Matt Casey is a 2013 USF College of Business graduate and his sister Shannon Casey will be a junior in the fall studying biomedical sciences and gerontology.


Both have volunteered at the Quantum Leap farm for a number of years and decided to use the energy they put into their favorite sport to draw attention to the benefits that the farm offers.


Quantum Leap Farm is a comprehensive equine therapies and retreat center that provides therapeutic horseback riding and other rehabilitative or recreational programs for people of all ages.


The Caseys motivate each other and have a unique bond that includes excelling at the same sport. Both have been rowing since high school and they continue the sport for exercise and fun.


The brother and sister set up a rowing machine outside the front entrance to the Element Condominium in downtown Tampa. They plan to alternate each hour throughout the night and Thursday morning until they reach their ultimate goal – 26.2 hours and $5,000 for the Quantum Leap Farm.


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Katy Hennig can be reached at 813-974-6993.