The Warwick Rowers of the University of Warwick Boat Club have returned for the 2016 calendar year with a brand new crowd sourced fund raising campaign for their work, as well as their usual highly lauded photo shoots. For those unfamiliar with the Warwick Rowers, they gained prominence due to their all nude boating photo shoots which were compiled in a annual calendar. They are extremely well known in the U.K. but had since gained a world wide following and additionally have won the 2016 national calendar awards a impressive 4 times already as of this year.
The nude calendar shoots, which feature the entire team posing sensually in the buff with their paddles and sometimes their boats, often next to very well known landmarks, originally came about as a way to finance the team but has since taken a more broad, ambitious and contentiously political turn.
Indeed, now that the all natural rowers have returned their newest calendar shoots will be sold to advance the cause known as Sports Allies. Sports Allies is a new and dynamic fundraising campaign that seeks to raise awareness about homophobia in team sports and, with solidarity and understanding, combat it.
To date, the Warwick Rowers‘ calendar has raised over 300,000 British pounds (which is roughly equivalent to around $ 458,656 US dollars) of which, just over 50,000 has gone directly to the efforts of Sports Allies. The Warwick Rowers are exceedingly pleased and proud of their efforts but have publicly stated that it’s not just about sex or sensuality, nor are there calendar shoots only for straight women or gay men. They stressed that what is core to their photographic portfolio is male intimacy and bounding on all levels, whether gay or straight or bi and that coming together is really most important aspect of it all.