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Dueling Dragons of Orlando The Dueling Dragons of Orlando Dragon Boat Team (a.k.a., “Cops and Kids”) is an unlikely partnership between at-risk teens and officers from OPD
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The Dueling Dragons of Orlando Dragon Boat Team (a.k.a., “Cops and Kids”) is an unlikely partnership between at-risk teens and officers from the Orlando Police Department who have joined together to become a one-of-a-kind, competitive year-round racing team. The Kids come from the City’s Operation Positive Direction, Parramore Kidz Zone, and the City's Families, Parks and Recreation Department. The Cops and Kids both participate as volunteers, learning teamwork and trust through the ancient sport of Dragon Boating. In the process, stereotypes come down, profiles melt away and lives change for the better.

Mission: To use the sport of dragon boating to form long-term mentoring relationships between Orlando police officers and inner-city youth. Success in dragon boating comes only when everyone in the boat works together in complete harmony. In the process, stereotypes come down, profiles melt away, friendships are formed, and lives change for the better.

Dueling Dragons recently had a Zoom meeting with all our adult paddlers and mentors. It was wonderful to see everybody a...
05/05/2020

Dueling Dragons recently had a Zoom meeting with all our adult paddlers and mentors. It was wonderful to see everybody and hear how they’re doing during this current COVID-19 time. Everybody misses our kids and being on the water together.

Coach Greg has two new puppies named Sassy and Shadow.

Coach Margie was wonderful and let an Orlando Police Department officer live in her home that was on the market for a few weeks, to be sure he did not bring COVID-19 home to his young family.

Our GM Marty is busy planning for our re-entry on the water. He shared our safety measures with everyone. We will be disinfecting our paddles before we use them and when we’re done. We will also provide everybody with masks, since we are close to each other when we’re in the boat.

Firefighter Ian Davis gave us practical ideas on staying safe that they’re using at the fire houses.

We are VERY grateful for our donors who have stuck with us during these difficult times. Your support gives us great confidence.

Stay safe. See you as soon as our mayors let us return to safe paddling.

Pics to go along with our recent video (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=931952860589554) of the launch of our new Oran...
04/23/2020

Pics to go along with our recent video (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=931952860589554) of the launch of our new Orange County, Florida Government dragon boat! Thank you again to the Sorensen family for #quaranteaming and helping to launch the boat! Thank you again to Orange County, Florida Government, City of Orlando - Government, and Kiwanis Club Orlando. Hope to see everyone on the water soon when we return to action!

We love our Orlando City dragon boat
04/19/2020

We love our Orlando City dragon boat

So awesome to see this! Yesterday officially marked the beginning of our 9th season and first practice of the season. We held orientation and Officer Marty set out all the ground rules. It’s going to be a great season! #dragonboat #dragonboating #orlando #kidsandcops #orlandopolicedepartment #orlandopolice #citybeautiful #orlandopolicedept #community CC City of Orlando - Government Orlando Police Department

04/17/2020
New Orange County Government Dragon Boat!

We have a newly-branded dragon boat! Thank you to the Sorensen family for coming out of social isolation to safely launch our new Orange County, Florida Government dragon boat!

We bailed it and cleaned out as many leaves as we could while it was on the trailer. Now we have three dragon boats. Two have been refurbished and newly skinned and one was delivered new last July.

Thank you Kiwanis Club Orlando, City of Orlando - Government, and Orange County, Florida Government! We couldn't do it without your support. We look forward to getting back in the boats very soon!

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04/17/2020

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
03/13/2020

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

Hi all, our Bowl for the Dragons event this weekend is postponed and our next practice is canceled 😞

Please see the following statement from our Dueling Dragons founders, Marty and Andrea. Thank you!
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Dear Dueling Dragons Team Members and Supporters,

In order to protect all of you, we are taking the COVID-19, coronavirus public health concern very seriously. As you know we have our Bowl for the Dragons event scheduled for this Sunday, March 15, 2020. As much fun as it would be to be together and raise money for our important work, **we have made the decision to postpone the event** in an effort to respect social distancing recommendations by public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are working to reschedule the event for June. In addition, with the focus on social isolation to slow the spread of COVID-19, we will be cancelling our next Dueling Dragons practice on March 18, 2020..

We did not come at these decisions lightly and have consulted local health officials. In addition to the concerns that the Bowl for Dragons event is indoors in a public space, there is the added concern of common use of the bowling balls at a time of a highly contagious virus that has a two-week incubation period. The health and safety of all of you and your families are our primary concerns. In addition, many of our team members and event bowlers are community servants who play critical roles in the safety of our community. We have an added responsibility to be thoughtful and sensitive to protecting their health.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and as always, for your support of our mission. A big thank you to Annemarie Esan who’s worked tirelessly on this event. We will continue to keep you updated about future practices and the rescheduling of the Bowl for Dragons event.

Sincerely,

Andrea and Marty

Hi all, our Bowl for the Dragons event this weekend is postponed and our next practice is canceled 😞 Please see the foll...
03/12/2020

Hi all, our Bowl for the Dragons event this weekend is postponed and our next practice is canceled 😞

Please see the following statement from our Dueling Dragons founders, Marty and Andrea. Thank you!
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Dear Dueling Dragons Team Members and Supporters,

In order to protect all of you, we are taking the COVID-19, coronavirus public health concern very seriously. As you know we have our Bowl for the Dragons event scheduled for this Sunday, March 15, 2020. As much fun as it would be to be together and raise money for our important work, **we have made the decision to postpone the event** in an effort to respect social distancing recommendations by public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are working to reschedule the event for June. In addition, with the focus on social isolation to slow the spread of COVID-19, we will be cancelling our next Dueling Dragons practice on March 18, 2020..

We did not come at these decisions lightly and have consulted local health officials. In addition to the concerns that the Bowl for Dragons event is indoors in a public space, there is the added concern of common use of the bowling balls at a time of a highly contagious virus that has a two-week incubation period. The health and safety of all of you and your families are our primary concerns. In addition, many of our team members and event bowlers are community servants who play critical roles in the safety of our community. We have an added responsibility to be thoughtful and sensitive to protecting their health.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and as always, for your support of our mission. A big thank you to Annemarie Esan who’s worked tirelessly on this event. We will continue to keep you updated about future practices and the rescheduling of the Bowl for Dragons event.

Sincerely,

Andrea and Marty

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo
02/28/2020

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo

Hey Dragons fans! Come bowl with us! Join us for an afternoon of bowling on Sunday, March 15! $20 gets you two games and...
02/26/2020

Hey Dragons fans! Come bowl with us! Join us for an afternoon of bowling on Sunday, March 15! $20 gets you two games and shoes in support of the 2020 Dueling Dragons season. CC Orlando Police Department City of Orlando - Government 😄🎳 Register today!

Happy to begin our 9th season with cops and kids and first responders in our newly skinned dragon boat.
02/20/2020

Happy to begin our 9th season with cops and kids and first responders in our newly skinned dragon boat.

We are so excited to begin our 9th Dueling Dragons season. Please follow us at orlandoduelingdragons.org
02/20/2020

We are so excited to begin our 9th Dueling Dragons season.

Please follow us at orlandoduelingdragons.org

So awesome to see this! Yesterday officially marked the beginning of our 9th season and first practice of the season. We held orientation and Officer Marty set out all the ground rules. It’s going to be a great season! #dragonboat #dragonboating #orlando #kidsandcops #orlandopolicedepartment #orlandopolice #citybeautiful #orlandopolicedept #community CC City of Orlando - Government Orlando Police Department

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo
02/20/2020

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo

So awesome to see this! Yesterday officially marked the beginning of our 9th season and first practice of the season. We...
02/20/2020

So awesome to see this! Yesterday officially marked the beginning of our 9th season and first practice of the season. We held orientation and Officer Marty set out all the ground rules. It’s going to be a great season! #dragonboat #dragonboating #orlando #kidsandcops #orlandopolicedepartment #orlandopolice #citybeautiful #orlandopolicedept #community CC City of Orlando - Government Orlando Police Department

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02/10/2020

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo

We were super excited to celebrate and take part in the Lunar Chinese New Year parade this past Sunday! We were position...
02/10/2020

We were super excited to celebrate and take part in the Lunar Chinese New Year parade this past Sunday! We were positioned right behind Chief Rolón. The crowds were big and our cops and kids enjoyed all of it, often chanting "Dueling Dragons, Dueling Dragons." 😎 😀 🎉 🎊

Pssst. We have a secret. (We're talking quietly.)Go to Jewel Orlando speakeasy and dueling pianos lounge on January 25, ...
01/22/2020

Pssst. We have a secret. (We're talking quietly.)

Go to Jewel Orlando speakeasy and dueling pianos lounge on January 25, starting at 9:30 pm for some good ole' fashioned cocktails, table games, delightful bites to eat, and great entertainment. Organized by the Orlando Community & Youth Trust, a percentage of admission goes to the Dueling Dragons. Visit www.orlandoduelingdragons.org/events for more info.

Hope to see you there! (Whoops, said that a little too loud. We're talking about a speakeasy after all.)

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01/16/2020

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo

Lt. Debra Clayton was a huge advocate for our youth and opening up the lines of communication between our police officer...
01/09/2020

Lt. Debra Clayton was a huge advocate for our youth and opening up the lines of communication between our police officers and youth. She was also a proud and influential member of our Dueling Dragons team and an incredible mentor. We miss her and continue to honor her memory every day. #communityhero #orlando

Today we will #NeverForget Lt. Debra Clayton who died in the #LineofDuty 3 years ago today while serving the people of Orlando. #ThinBlueLine

Boat update! We will miss Jakivia who will be a senior in high school this next year. However, we are glad to have her g...
01/07/2020

Boat update! We will miss Jakivia who will be a senior in high school this next year. However, we are glad to have her good friend Kiarra, sister of Nicole and Chris, back in the boat. 😎 We'll miss you Jakivia!

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
01/06/2020

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

Happy New Year! Here's to even more friends, mentors, volunteers, supporters, and fans in 2020! We appreciate all of you...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! Here's to even more friends, mentors, volunteers, supporters, and fans in 2020! We appreciate all of you. 🎉 🎉 🎉

Hello anyone who paddles or rows at Lake Fairview! Just a reminder! Tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m., District ...
12/04/2019

Hello anyone who paddles or rows at Lake Fairview! Just a reminder! Tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m., District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart will be at the American Legion Building (1912 Lee Road, Orlando, 32810) for a discussion about future Lake Fairview Park and Trotters Park renovations that are planned.

We hope to see you there!

CC Orlando Rowing Club—Dragon Boat Club (ORC-DBC) C.H.A.R.G.E. Dragon Boat - Orlando

Since 2011, Dueling Dragons has brought inner-city kids and police officers together through the sport of dragon boating...
12/03/2019

Since 2011, Dueling Dragons has brought inner-city kids and police officers together through the sport of dragon boating, creating lasting friendships and mentorship. 162 youth paddlers to-date. No arrests. No dropouts. 100% of kids with a GPA above 2.0 — and many now with college degrees. 😎 Dueling Dragons is truly making a difference in our #Orlando community! But we can't do it without you.

Please consider donating to the Dueling Dragons this holiday season: http://www.orlandotrust.org/ (select Dueling Dragons in the dropdown menu) ... we can't thank you enough! #GivingTuesday #TisTheSeason #ThankYou

Thankful for the times we share, the memories we make, the friendships we create, and the organizations and people who h...
11/28/2019

Thankful for the times we share, the memories we make, the friendships we create, and the organizations and people who help make it all possible.

From our table to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Kiwanis Club Orlando, City of Orlando - Government, Orlando Police Department

Thank you to everyone who has served our country in our armed forces, including those who served our country and now ser...
11/11/2019

Thank you to everyone who has served our country in our armed forces, including those who served our country and now serve our community. THANK YOU. #VeteransDayDragonBoating #VeteransDay #DragonBoating

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11/05/2019

Dueling Dragons of Orlando's cover photo

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
11/05/2019

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

Saturday’s Orlando international Dragonboat Festival was a real challenge. The morning weather was a testament to the st...
10/22/2019

Saturday’s Orlando international Dragonboat Festival was a real challenge. The morning weather was a testament to the strength and commitment of the team. We are really proud of our Dueling Dragons. All paddlers but five stayed for the entire day. And our outcome at the end of the races: one Gold and one Silver. Woohoo!!!! Cops and kids you should be so proud of yourself.

Team made a commitment and you stuck to it. You helped each other when you were wet and cold, but you didn’t give up. This will be one of your life stories because, like today, life doesn’t always work perfectly.

A gigantic thank you to Officer Marty who handled so many moving parts. Thank you to OPD Deputy Chief Velez who came out to cheer our teams. Another special thank you to a supporter and donor over the past few years, Karen van Caulil. Although it was pouring in the morning, Karen drove out and brought towels to help dry our paddlers in the rain and then stayed to help serve lunch and watch us take our medals. It’s a very special feeling for the team when our community supports them. And special hugs to our Officer Raven whose father passed away yesterday. You were missed and you are loved. 

Cops and kids you are amazing. Standing ovation for a great season and great team.

All of Orlando is so proud of you!

#DragonBoating #greatwhitenorthdragonboat #internationaldragonboatfestival #orlando

Great article on Dueling Dragons
10/03/2019
Community Paper Orlando

Great article on Dueling Dragons

The Dueling Dragons of Orlando Cops and Kids program is stronger than ever with the addition of a new dragon boat donated by Kiwanis Club Orlando. Kudos to Dueling Dragons founder Andrea Eliscu and the Orlando Police Department for having such a profound impact on the lives of these kids.

Thank you for your continued support
10/03/2019

Thank you for your continued support

With these guys behind you, how can you lose? Big thanks to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, Orlando Police Department Orlando Rolon, John Mina, Orange County Sheriff, for all turning out to support our Dueling Dragons of Orlando Kiwanis Korntoss for Kids! And extra appreciation to the Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation for their support and sponsorship!

This was such an exciting day. On top of all else, our Dueling Dragons cops and kids learn the diversity of other cultur...
10/03/2019

This was such an exciting day. On top of all else, our Dueling Dragons cops and kids learn the diversity of other cultures.

With the support of the Kiwanis Club Orlando, we did a great thing Wednesday evening: we welcomed a new dragon boat into the program! 🎉🎉🎉 Led by Shally Wong, an “awakening ceremony” was conducted on the new boat. An awakening ceremony for dragon boats is an ancient Chinese tradition that serves to protect future boat paddlers and awake the dragon. This new boat gives the program another boat to help train and support our youth and officers in the quest to win races and bridge the gap between inner-city youth and police officers and other first responders. More photos and videos to come.

Thank you to all those who support our program. And thank you many times over to the Kiwanis Club of Orlando for their continued support! #dragonboating Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Orlando Rowing Club

With the support of the Kiwanis Club Orlando, we did a great thing Wednesday evening: we welcomed a new dragon boat into...
10/02/2019

With the support of the Kiwanis Club Orlando, we did a great thing Wednesday evening: we welcomed a new dragon boat into the program! 🎉🎉🎉 Led by Shally Wong, an “awakening ceremony” was conducted on the new boat. An awakening ceremony for dragon boats is an ancient Chinese tradition that serves to protect future boat paddlers and awake the dragon. This new boat gives the program another boat to help train and support our youth and officers in the quest to win races and bridge the gap between inner-city youth and police officers and other first responders. More photos and videos to come.

Thank you to all those who support our program. And thank you many times over to the Kiwanis Club of Orlando for their continued support! #dragonboating Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Orlando Rowing Club

Our teen paddlers from Englewood Rec Center and Operation Positive Direction were invited to shop at Academy Sports alon...
10/02/2019

Our teen paddlers from Englewood Rec Center and Operation Positive Direction were invited to shop at Academy Sports along with Orlando Police Department leaders. Thank you Academy Sports + Outdoors!

Dueling Dragons alumni update! Asha Davis, UCF grad, has begun graduate school at FSU. And Brandon Cunningham is graduat...
10/01/2019

Dueling Dragons alumni update! Asha Davis, UCF grad, has begun graduate school at FSU. And Brandon Cunningham is graduating from Valencia and is focused on a career in law-enforcement. Very proud of our alumni! Way to go Asha and Brandon!

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