Sponsors & Partnerships

Support Boston 1

Our fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization welcomes all individuals and is committed to providing opportunities for community building and athleticism. We are extremely grateful for our current sponsors and partners who help us achieve this mission.

We’re always open to new partnerships with local stakeholders, so please reach out to us at Whether it’s a food donation for neighborhood events, sponsorships, or simply shoutouts on social media, anything helps! If there is a way we can assist you with your endeavors as well, please reach out! 

1 Crew, 1 Family, 1 Goal

Our motto is “paddle hard, fear nothing”. Boston 1 is strongly focused on increasing awareness about the sport of dragon boat and welcoming new paddlers into our community! We span across:

  • 500+ current members and alumni 
  • 1400+ participants on Meetup
  • 1,700+ followers on Instagram
  • Media Coverage via Google, Boston Calendar’s “Things To Do”, and Eventbrite
  • Local, regional, and international coverage through participating in events, festivals, and races.
    We are members of the Eastern Regional Dragon Boat Association (ERDBA), which comprises 50+ clubs that compete across the region.
  • High visibility from heavy pedestrian, bike, and vehicular traffic in the Fort Point Channel and Seaport area

Your support provides access to personal growth, development opportunities, and training equipment (including boats, insurance, and maintenance) and docking on the Boston waterways.

Our Collaboration

Together, we can:

  • Build and grow a diverse, inclusive community
  • Advocate for health and wellness all year around
  • Activate the Boston waterways
  • Mentor and develop young future leaders and athletes
  • Educate, foster, and promote dragon boating in the Boston community and beyond!

Who we engage with:

  • The target population for our activities are all residents of the surrounding communities.
  • In our 2023 water season alone, over 300 individuals were on our dragon boats and paddling in the channel. Our members include those who have never participated in watersports before and who do not have waterway access in their neighborhoods. Swimming is NOT a requirement to participate in the sport, as all are required to wear a PFD (personal flotation device).
Our Impact

With the support of our partners:

  • We rely on volunteer coaches and board members, almost half of whom are age 29 and younger.
  • Newer members are encouraged to run for board roles and grow into leadership roles over time. Our leadership structure includes a core focus on mentoring and developing young future leaders. 
  • Since 2013, we have welcomed over 500 people aged 18 to 50+ into the Boston 1 family, including locals from New England, transplants from across the United States, and international members from Canada, Mexico, China, India, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Vietnam, France, and more.
  • In 2019 alone, we grew our organization by 30% drawing from the Greater Boston and Cambridge metropolitan areas.