“A team of highly dedicated women put significant effort into planning the 2018 event; however, the League encountered major logistical issues which will prevent us from hosting the races this year,” Jane Bailey Cooper, vice president of JLT communication, said in a news release.
Instead, JLT is “redirecting” its efforts for a week of service at its Adopt-a-School partner school, Holt Elementary.
“Thousands of volunteer hours and sponsorship dollars go into the Dragon Boat Races, with a goal of raising funds for JLT programs that improve the West Alabama community. In partnership with Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, we are redirecting those efforts to achieve maximum impact through a historic undertaking of service at Holt Elementary,” the release said.
The service events will take place this week – March 26-31, an “Eggstravaganza” of service events.
“The Dragon Boat Races have been an outstanding event for our organization and for the Tuscaloosa community. We are incredibly proud of the positive influence the races enabled us to have on the lives of women and children in West Alabama. The JLT will continue to serve our community in new and innovative ways, as we have for nearly 90 years.”