Past Steel City Dragons News

Organizational changes coming

September 7, 2017

The Steel City Dragon-Boat Association is saying farewell to Executive Director and Head Coach Lynne Franks-Meinert, who is stepping down after the current season. The team is grateful for the dedication and passion Lynne brought to the team. Board Chairperson Barbara Mitchell and Director Dawn Franks-Meinert will also be stepping down after this season. New coaching will be in place for next season and a plan is in place to bring in new leadership and board members. We’re looking forward to a great 2018 season for Pink Steel and the Steel City Dragons Mixed Team!

Golf fundraiser a big success!

GolfJune 7, 2015

The 9th Annual Carol Raber Memorial Golf Challenge  was a big success, thanks to sold-out participation from over 100 golfers and our generous sponsors. Our heartfelt thanks go to all of the generous volunteers and sponsors who made this possible.

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Steel City Dragons receives grant from UPMC

March 6, 2015

The Steel City Dragons received a generous $7500 grant from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for outreach support, health and wellness community programming, and breast cancer survivor-specific wellness and paddling clinics.

Pink Steel honored by Allegheny County Council

February 3, 2015

2015AlleghenyCouncilPinkSteel-thThe Allegheny County Council honored Pink Steel, the breast cancer survivor team of the Steel City Dragons with Proclamation 8757-15:

Proclamation congratulating Pink Steel for earning second place in the world and first place in the nation at the International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Sarasota, Florida on October 24-26, 2014.

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Pink Steel takes silver in international event in Sarasota

October 26, 2014

Sarasota2014Cindy038cropPink Steel, the breast cancer survivor team of the Steel City Dragons organization, took second place overall among 101 international teams at the 2014 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Sarasota FL on October 24-26 2014. In a powerful showing, Pink Steel was the top finisher among all the U.S. teams and set the fastest time in the event during their semifinal qualifying.

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Three Steel City Dragons teams champions in Cleveland

September 20,2014

2014clevelandThe Steel City Dragons fielded three teams (Steel City Dragons Mixed, Pink Steel, and Women of Steel) at the Eigth Annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival. All three teams won their divisions. The Mixed team had the fastest times in the first and third qualifying rounds and emerged as the top seed in the mixed championship final. They pulled out all the stops in the final, finishing with the fastest time of the day – a 1:59 for the 500-meter course. Pink Steel consistently had the fastest times in the breast cancer survivor division and won their championship final by a staggering margin of over six seconds. The Women of Steel showed their power, not only winning their division, but also posting times that were faster than all but three of the mixed teams. For their efforts, the teams brought home two trophies topped with beautifully handcrafted models of championship dragon boats.

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Pink Steel champions in Akron

July 12,2014

psakron2014Pink Steel, the breast cancer survivor team of the the Steel City Dragons won the Survivor division at the Dragons on the Lake Dragon Boat Festival at Portage Lakes State Park near Akron Ohio on July 12. This was their second gold medal a row at Akron, since winning the inaugural race in 2013. The Steel City Dragons Mixed Team won all three of their races and finished a strong fourth overall.

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