Dueling Dragons of Orlando

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

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.

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
07/18/2019

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

Another installment of our Wednesday practice chronicles! A special shout out to Ms. Shally Wong and Mr. Gary CK Lau!

Last Wednesday, July 10, was another rainy Wednesday, so we met inside and did a very special exercise to allow everyone to know a little more about the adult paddlers! Another great off-the-water experience!

The kids interviewed the adults, one-on-one and asked the following questions:

*What is your profession? (Police, Firefighter or Volunteer?)

*How long have you been in your profession?

*How long have you been with Dueling Dragons?

*Why did you join Dueling dragons?

*Do you have children?

*Would you let your kids participate in Dueling Dragons?

*Tell me something about yourself that no one else on the team would know.

When Part 1 of the exercise was completed each teen paddler stood at the front of the room with their adult interviewee and told everyone the answers to the above questions.

Lots of surprises ... one of the adults is a certified pilot, one sat in the royal box at Wimbledom with Duchess Kate and Prince William, one is a comedian, one loves air fresheners and one is newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Then ... we had Ms. Shally Wong and Mr. Gary CK Lau join us to give Ms. Shally a gift. The two of them have been with the dragon boat club from even before we owned any dragon boats. AND ... Ms. Shally was just appointed to work with Mayor Demings on cultural diversity, making sure he knows about dragon boating and our Asian community, among other things.

All in all, it was a great practice 😉😃

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
07/18/2019

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

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!

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
07/18/2019

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

Another installment of our Wednesday practice chronicles! A special shout out to Ms. Shally Wong and Mr. Gary CK Lau!

Last Wednesday, July 10, was another rainy Wednesday, so we met inside and did a very special exercise to allow everyone to know a little more about the adult paddlers! Another great off-the-water experience!

The kids interviewed the adults, one-on-one and asked the following questions:

*What is your profession? (Police, Firefighter or Volunteer?)

*How long have you been in your profession?

*How long have you been with Dueling Dragons?

*Why did you join Dueling dragons?

*Do you have children?

*Would you let your kids participate in Dueling Dragons?

*Tell me something about yourself that no one else on the team would know.

When Part 1 of the exercise was completed each teen paddler stood at the front of the room with their adult interviewee and told everyone the answers to the above questions.

Lots of surprises ... one of the adults is a certified pilot, one sat in the royal box at Wimbledom with Duchess Kate and Prince William, one is a comedian, one loves air fresheners and one is newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Then ... we had Ms. Shally Wong and Mr. Gary CK Lau join us to give Ms. Shally a gift. The two of them have been with the dragon boat club from even before we owned any dragon boats. AND ... Ms. Shally was just appointed to work with Mayor Demings on cultural diversity, making sure he knows about dragon boating and our Asian community, among other things.

All in all, it was a great practice 😉😃

Another installment of our Wednesday practice chronicles! A special shout out to Ms. Shally Wong and Mr. Gary CK Lau!Las...
07/17/2019

Another installment of our Wednesday practice chronicles! A special shout out to Ms. Shally Wong and Mr. Gary CK Lau!

Last Wednesday, July 10, was another rainy Wednesday, so we met inside and did a very special exercise to allow everyone to know a little more about the adult paddlers! Another great off-the-water experience!

The kids interviewed the adults, one-on-one and asked the following questions:

*What is your profession? (Police, Firefighter or Volunteer?)

*How long have you been in your profession?

*How long have you been with Dueling Dragons?

*Why did you join Dueling dragons?

*Do you have children?

*Would you let your kids participate in Dueling Dragons?

*Tell me something about yourself that no one else on the team would know.

When Part 1 of the exercise was completed each teen paddler stood at the front of the room with their adult interviewee and told everyone the answers to the above questions.

Lots of surprises ... one of the adults is a certified pilot, one sat in the royal box at Wimbledom with Duchess Kate and Prince William, one is a comedian, one loves air fresheners and one is newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Then ... we had Ms. Shally Wong and Mr. Gary CK Lau join us to give Ms. Shally a gift. The two of them have been with the dragon boat club from even before we owned any dragon boats. AND ... Ms. Shally was just appointed to work with Mayor Demings on cultural diversity, making sure he knows about dragon boating and our Asian community, among other things.

All in all, it was a great practice 😉😃

Orlando Law Group, thank you for your support. You were rock stars
07/14/2019

Orlando Law Group, thank you for your support. You were rock stars

An awesome event today with Dueling Dragons of Orlando and Orlando Kiwanis! We are always proud to support such an important cause.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings
07/13/2019

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings

Paddles up! Thank you to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Kiwanis Club Orlando and our local law enforcement for supporting the Dueling Dragons of Orlando dragon boat team, which brings a positive impact to our community and uses this ancient sport to build trust and long-term mentoring relationships with our youth.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and corporate support! Orlando Rowing Club Kiwanis Club Orlando The Beacham Insurance O...
07/13/2019

Thank you to all of our sponsors and corporate support! Orlando Rowing Club Kiwanis Club Orlando The Beacham Insurance Office of America(IOA), The Orlando Law Group, O'Neil, Lee & West - Personal & Commercial Insurance, Wateroak Advisors

Did someone say “raffle?” 😍😍😍
07/13/2019

Did someone say “raffle?” 😍😍😍

The warm-ups have begun! Come join us! 🙌 Kiwanis Club Orlando Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
07/13/2019

The warm-ups have begun! Come join us! 🙌 Kiwanis Club Orlando Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

Friendly reminder on this 'Fourth:'  "My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America." -- Val...
07/04/2019

Friendly reminder on this 'Fourth:' "My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America." -- Val Saintsbury

Have a safe, happy, and fun Fourth of July! One team, paddles up!
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#FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #DragonBoating #DragonBoat #DuelingDragons #DuelingDragonsOrlando

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
07/03/2019

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

#TestimonalTuesday #DragonQuotes 🤩😎

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
07/03/2019

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

#TestimonalTuesday #DragonQuotes 🤩😎

#TestimonalTuesday #DragonQuotes 🤩😎
07/02/2019

#TestimonalTuesday #DragonQuotes 🤩😎

We had a great practice last Wednesday! And ended up with full bellies. We combined practices to make up for this week’s...
07/01/2019

We had a great practice last Wednesday! And ended up with full bellies. We combined practices to make up for this week’s July 4th holiday, so we had a big group. The teams were very fortunate as donors Laraine and Phil Frahm brought them an incredible spread of chicken sandwiches, salad, fruit salad, fries and cookies. Lots of “thank you” from the kids and officers 😀. We even made Ms. Laraine an official member of the team as our thank you to her!

Dueling Dragons of Orlando
06/30/2019

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

The 2019 KornToss for Kids, hosted by the Kiwanis Club Orlando is on July 13! Food, fun, and - of course - KornToss! Get your team together (or simply donate ;) and sign up today! Tickets and more info: http://ow.ly/7xdg50uO1iz

The 2019 KornToss for Kids, hosted by the Kiwanis Club Orlando is on July 13! Food, fun, and - of course - KornToss! Get...
06/29/2019

The 2019 KornToss for Kids, hosted by the Kiwanis Club Orlando is on July 13! Food, fun, and - of course - KornToss! Get your team together (or simply donate ;) and sign up today! Tickets and more info: http://ow.ly/7xdg50uO1iz

Dragon boating can be very humbling 😂😅 #FridayFunFact GWN Dragon Boat, C.H.A.R.G.E. Dragon Boat - Orlando Orlando Rowing...
06/28/2019

Dragon boating can be very humbling 😂😅 #FridayFunFact GWN Dragon Boat, C.H.A.R.G.E. Dragon Boat - Orlando Orlando Rowing Club-Dragon Boat Club #DragonBoating #Humble

#TBT to that time when Dueling Dragons of Orlando participated in a town hall meeting with the Orlando Magic, discussing...
06/27/2019

#TBT to that time when Dueling Dragons of Orlando participated in a town hall meeting with the Orlando Magic, discussing ways to improve our community and relationships with first responders. Also in attendance was our very own, Lt. Debra Clayton, OPD paddler.

To honor her memory, support the program, and have some fun, be sure to attend the 2019 KornToss for Kids on July 13, hosted by the Kiwanis Club Orlando. Tickets and more info: https://www.bgccf.org/korntoss/?fbclid=IwAR1bbe0CYJLa5i1yLgHyfLUdd5m8eJozx1R57GS4GlikBGFDgUf64n41HHo

On December 17, 2016 the Orlando Magic players hosted a town hall gathering at the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center. Dueling Dragon paddlers, Vance and Vionn Welcome, Brandon Cunningham, Chris Cooper and Donovan Smith along with Adrienne Welcome and Ms Andrea were in attendance. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the crime in our neighborhoods and how to develop better relationships with police officers, sheriff deputies and the community.

Chris Cooper and Vionn Welcome chat with OPD paddler, Sgt Deborah Clayton.

Come support our Dueling Dragons as a sponsor, donor or team, PLEASE.
06/26/2019
Dueling Dragons of Orlando

Come support our Dueling Dragons as a sponsor, donor or team, PLEASE.

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

06/26/2019

Happy Wednesday everyone! Only a couple weeks away from this special event on July 13, benefiting the program and honoring the memory of the late Lt. Debra Clayton. Get your KornToss team and come on out! We look forward to seeing you there!

06/14/2019
USTA Practice

Practice at the United States Tennis Association - USTA (Official) on June 12, 2019.

06/14/2019
USTA Practice

Practice at the United States Tennis Association - USTA (Official) on June 12, 2019.

06/14/2019
USTA Practice

Practice at the United States Tennis Association - USTA (Official) on June 12, 2019.

06/14/2019
USTA Practice

Practice at the United States Tennis Association - USTA (Official) on June 12, 2019.

What an awesome afternoon yesterday, thanks to the United States Tennis Association - USTA (Official)! The tennis drills...
06/13/2019

What an awesome afternoon yesterday, thanks to the United States Tennis Association - USTA (Official)! The tennis drills required partnering, attention, engagement, listening, laughing, and being willing to move out of our comfort zones -- all valuable dragon boating - and LIFE - lessons.

We can't thank the USTA enough for hosting us! Special thanks to Leah Friedman, National Manager, Net Generation USTA and Shelly Licorish, National Tennis Events Manager USTA and their wonderful Florida coaches.

It was awesome and we applaud USTA for their gift to us. 👏👏👏👏👏

Wow, simply WOW!
06/11/2019

Wow, simply WOW!

A long awaited update on our race results from Mt. Dora back on June 1! Proud to say we took home GOLD and SILVER medals in our respective divisions! The Dragons are bringing the heat to every race so far this year!

We also had over 20 family members attend, cheering us on! We can't thank our volunteers, supporters and fans enough. #dragonboating #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoatRacing #MtDoraPaddleFest2019

A long awaited update on our race results from Mt. Dora back on June 1! Proud to say we took home GOLD and SILVER medals...
06/11/2019

A long awaited update on our race results from Mt. Dora back on June 1! Proud to say we took home GOLD and SILVER medals in our respective divisions! The Dragons are bringing the heat to every race so far this year!

We also had over 20 family members attend, cheering us on! We can't thank our volunteers, supporters and fans enough. #dragonboating #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoatRacing #MtDoraPaddleFest2019

#FridayFunFacts from our friends GWN Dragon Boat! If you're in the Orlando Area and want to get involved in this great s...
06/07/2019

#FridayFunFacts from our friends GWN Dragon Boat! If you're in the Orlando Area and want to get involved in this great sport, give Orlando Rowing Club—Dragon Boat Club (ORC-DBC) a try!

Here's the ultimate fact sheet for you to share to your non-dragon boat racing friends! REMEMBER, it's paddling - not rowing! #PaddleWithPride #GWN #MLDB #GWNDragonBoat #DragonBoat

Happy Wednesday! Did you know Wednesdays are our practice days? Well, here's a story from last Wednesday that epitomizes...
06/05/2019

Happy Wednesday! Did you know Wednesdays are our practice days? Well, here's a story from last Wednesday that epitomizes the creativity, leadership, and personal development found in our program.

Last Wednesday, with the heat at 97 degrees, we decided to keep everyone indoors and have a little team-building exercise.

Officer Marty created a “speed" interview program in order to have mentors and kids have an opportunity to know each other better -- and to help build our kids with their interviewing skills. Every teen paddler rotated to all mentors, interviewing for a job at "Marty Mars House of Pancakes."

Once our kids got the hang of it, they were incredible in their interviews. Less fidgeting, able to share three “good” things about themselves in a comfortable way, and as their confidence grew so did their control of the interview.

Once we finished 3 rounds, the mentors shared strengths and areas for improvement. It was truly a successful day! And like our time on the water, we learned a little more about each other and came together as a team.

Thank you to our community for supporting our Dueling Dragons. You are changing the lives of these wonderful teens, one paddle stroke (and practice) at a time.

05/31/2019
Dueling Dragons of Orlando

I love this Dueling Dragons program.

Big festival tomorrow! A behind-the-scenes look at Coach Margie getting us ready for tomorrow’s race in Mt. Dora. Give this post a “Like” to cheer us on! Happy Friday folks! #MtDoraPaddleFest #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoating

05/31/2019

Big festival tomorrow! A behind-the-scenes look at Coach Margie getting us ready for tomorrow’s race in Mt. Dora. Give this post a “Like” to cheer us on! Happy Friday folks! #MtDoraPaddleFest #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoating

#TBT to that time when Lester Holt and NBC News featured the Dueling Dragons on its nightly newscast. NBC News Lester Ho...
05/30/2019
Boat racing brings together inner city youth with policemen

#TBT to that time when Lester Holt and NBC News featured the Dueling Dragons on its nightly newscast. NBC News Lester Holt #DuelingDragons #ThrowbackThursday https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/boat-racing-brings-together-inner-city-youth-with-policemen-1184072771979?fbclid=IwAR2YOxYhZOf6vcnMYfhr_qcOhSXEJRzX6QujXnjMji_3Gk7oQFm9ESAjJds

The “Dueling Dragons” program began as an unlikely partnership between at-risk teens and officers from the Orlando Police Department. It’s since turned into a one-of-a-kind, competitive year-round dragon boat racing team.

From sorrowful beginnings to inspired endings, the story of Dragon Boating. #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoating
05/29/2019
C.H.A.R.G.E. Dragon Boat - Orlando

From sorrowful beginnings to inspired endings, the story of Dragon Boating. #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoating

Dragon Boat story

Enjoying today because of the sacrifice of so many brave men and women. #NeverForget #MotivationMonday #MemorialDay2020 ...
05/27/2019

Enjoying today because of the sacrifice of so many brave men and women. #NeverForget #MotivationMonday #MemorialDay2020 #MemorialDay #Heroes

05/23/2019
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

#ICYMI: A great video published last year, that gives you all the feels on this Friday-eve. (I'm not crying. You're crying. 😎) For more information or to donate please visit https://www.bgccf.org/dueling-dragons/ ... we can't thank enough, our community supporters and everyone who continues to donate to our cause. We have big plans for the future, but can't do it without you. #ThankYouThursday #ChangingLives #GooseBumps Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida City of Orlando - Government

We don't mean to brag, but...our Dueling Dragons of Orlando is simply incredible! We are so proud of the program's successes and how it instills leadership, teamwork and perserverance in inner-city kids, not to mention trust and appreciation for law enforcement.

More photos from this past weekend in Sarasota. For our newest teams joining us from Englewood Rec Center and Hughes BGC...
05/16/2019

More photos from this past weekend in Sarasota. For our newest teams joining us from Englewood Rec Center and Hughes BGCCF it was a long day, yet an exciting one. Going home with earned medals says a lot about their hard work ethics, their commitment to teamwork and the support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, the Rec Center and the City of Orlando to this program.
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#DuelingDragonsOrlando #BoysandGirlsClubs #Orlando #DragonBoating #GWNDragonBoatRacing #HardWork #SarasotaDBFestival

Make it a great Monday! #MotivationMonday #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoating
05/13/2019

Make it a great Monday! #MotivationMonday #DuelingDragonsOrlando #DragonBoating

05/13/2019

Another successful weekend of dragon boat racing with the kids this past weekend at the festival in Sarasota! All three of our teams won medals -- one team even won Gold!!!! #gwndragonboatracing #SarasotaDBFestival

We had an unusual, but inspiring Dueling Dragons practice yesterday! With whitecaps on the water it was too windy to get...
05/09/2019

We had an unusual, but inspiring Dueling Dragons practice yesterday!

With whitecaps on the water it was too windy to get on the water. Instead the team shared what they liked and didn’t like at their first festival in Tampa. Then Officer Marty surprised them with ribbons and the trophy won in Tampa. Every one was so surprised and excited.

And thank you to Joellen Ross our community donor who provided dinner. The team loved it. And the best part ... Jo Ellen and CK helped Greg put the custom fit cover on our Kiwanis Club Orlando boat.

Now that’s a community who rolls up her sleeves!

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