2nd Annual River Bowl Classic
Hosted by the Oklahoma City Black Alumni Coalition
Saturday, August 12, 2023 | 6:00p to 9:00p
Display your school pride and connect with old friends at the 2nd Annual River Bowl Classic. The River Bowl was founded by Shawntay Alexander to capture the spirit of the Soul Bowl- the classic football rivalry between Millwood and Douglass. We celebrated Oklahoma City’s Black culture, as they vyed for bragging rights on the water!
- Alumni Rowing Races
- Alumni Dragon Boat Races
- Youth Kayaking
- Food Trucks & Music
Teams practiced for four months prior to the summer race. If you would like to join a team for next year, please contact us at [email protected] This years crews included alumni from OKC metro schools.
- John Marshall
- Northeast Academy (NEA – now Classen School of Advanced Studies at Northeast Academy)
- NW Classen
- Star Spencer
The River Bowl is recruiting alumni to participate in dragon boat races for next year. No experience necessary! Dragon boating is accessible and easy-to-learn paddlesport. To find out more information or to register, visit here.
We welcome children and grandchildren of alumni and all current students to participate in kayaking.
The River Bowl is a fun, Reunion-style community event that lifts up Black alumni and current students from several Oklahoma City schools. Rowing, dragon boating and kayaking offer effective, low-impact workouts. The River Bowl Rowing League is providing access to watersports and creating a more diverse and inclusive rowing community.
According to USRowing the national governing body, only 13% of rowers nationally are people of color and only 2% identify as being Black. The Oklahoma City Black Alumni Coalition and the RIVERSPORT Foundation are addressing this inequity and establishing Oklahoma City as the leader in removing barriers and creating opportunities for participation. We are working together to remove the financial and historical obstacles surrounding watersports and create the largest Black rowing race in the country. Our hope is that the River Bowl will be an inspiration to other communities and be a model for innovative solutions to activating urban blue spaces.
“When I was recruiting for rowers, most said, ‘I don’t know how to swim.’ … So, it was really something that I’ve grown to appreciate from the very beginning, just understanding that people are taking chances. They’re believing in this idea that we can do something together, and we won’t leave each other behind.”Shawntay Alexander, The Oklahoman