2014 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy


Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 West 19th Street, Saturday June 28th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thirty teams participated in the 14th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy on Saturday, June 28th. This event attracted thousands of visitors who viewed the exciting races throughout the day. Governor Patrick Quinn and 25 th Ward Alderman Danny Solis joined our VIP guests at the opening ceremony. Kelly Uchima led the audience in singing the National Anthem. Lakhi Siap from AScene served as our fantastic emcee. Ronald McDonald entertained the children with “Go Active” exercises and Cirque Shanghai thrilled the audience with exciting acrobatic feats. Clayton Productions wowed the audience with song and dance featuring show tunes and Disney songs. Jennifer Zhang and the Flying Fairies Art & Cultural Center performed cultural acts and Upbeat Music showcased percussion and steel drum performances. University of Chicago partnered with the Chamber on children’s activities and Brandy Morrill from the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library captivated children with her storytelling. Allstate, Alzheimer’s Association, Asian Health Coalition, BMO Harris Bank, Cathay Bank, Citibank, MetLife, U.S. Bank, and Wendella Boat hosted vendor booths, providing information and give-away gifts.

The Chinese Dragon Boat Race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport amongst Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy is a family-fun activity enjoyed by visitors from all over the city and surrounding suburbs.

Congratulations to our 2014 Winners of the Dragon Boat Race for Literacy! First Place went to the team from Grainger, Second Place was Full Effort Full Victory and Third Place was Pepsi. Each and every team worked hard training for the event and gave it their all at the event.

The participating teams were:
Allstate, AT&T, APCA Dragons, BMO AACE-BMO Harris Bank, CDW Dragon PAC, Choose Chicago, Deering-Ninth District Chicago Police Dept., Discover, DragoNG-Northrop Gruman, Four Star River Ramblers, Full Effort Full Victory-Karate for Kids, HSBC Red Dragons, Team Grainger, Illinois Lottery Lucky Day Dragons, McDonald’s, nielsen, Oak Park Families with Children from China, Pacific Global Bank, Peking University Alumni Association Chicago Chapter, Pepsi, Performance Health Medical & Rehab, Sears Asian Network-Sears Holding, Sync or Swim-Wells Fargo, TAP-CHICAGO TYPHOON-Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals, Team Trooper-Illinois State Troopers, Tsinghua University, UIC Pyro Paddlers, US Bank, USTC-Alumni Association University of Science and Technology of China, Wheezin Dragon-Northrop Gruman, and World Book Mighty Dragons.

THANK YOU to our sponsors for their generosity which made the 14th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy the major success it was! Our sponsors included:

  • Allstate – Title Sponsor
  • Chinatown Parking Corporation – Event Sponsor
  • Citibank – Official Sponsor
  • AScene – Event Sponsor
  • Athletico – Event Sponsor
  • BMO Harris Bank – Event Sponsor
  • Chicago South Loop Hotel – Event Sponsor
  • nielsen – Event Sponsor
  • Pepsico – Event Sponsor
  • The Grainger Foundation – Event Sponsor

A generous donation of $2,000 was made by The Grainger Foundation for the literacy programs. This donation will be used to fund local literacy programs. Thank You to The Grainger Foundation!

And a Special Thank You goes out to our Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, seventy volunteers and staff for organizing and running this wonderful event. The races could not have been a successful without their help.

We look forward to the 2015 15th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy! Check our website in January for the date and to Sign Up your team!

2014 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy Photo Gallery!

2014 Dragon Boat Race video courtesy of IFly Media Productions

2013 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy