Graduating Senior Tate Greene is a staple of the Clayton-Bradley Academy Campus. His kindness, intelligence and soft voice, yet loud red curly hair, stand out to everyone who knows him. During his time outside of being a student at CBA, Greene was busy rowing with a locacl club in Knoxville, called "Tri Star Rowing." Because of his great work on the water, and his outstanding academic work, he was recently accepted as a student and will be a member of the Dartmouth College Rowing team, as he continues to further his education. The Greene family and Tate's Tri Star Rowing Coach Katie King were present, along with Athletic Director Grant Remdond and Upper School Principal Brad Rasmussen to celebrate this historical occasion on Tuesday. There were also High School teammates, friends and classmates there, applauding and smiling, in support of Tate as well. Greene is the first Clayton-Bradley student to be a member of a collegiate athletic program.
Tate shared about his rowing experience and what he is looking forward to in collegiate rowing at Dartmouth, "I got involved with rowing very much by chance, a friend suggested it and I gave it a try. From then my involvement has just continued to grow. Rowing was the first sport I really took seriously, before then I had played on the tennis team off and on for a few years and did cross country in elementary school. Rowing is a sport that requires enormous volume—it is a 4 season sport and has one of the highest requirements of practice time for a relatively short actual competition time. It requires endurance, sprinting power, technical skills, and enormous mental strength. I enjoy it because each of these elements has to be trained and practiced—this brings a great deal of variety to training. I spend a lot of mornings by myself in the single scull—some mornings the water is flat others there is wind, rain, storm clouds, temperatures near freezing. But rowing is a sport that rewards the people who show up the most. I know plenty of taller, bigger rowers who can't move the boat as well because they aren't willing to invest the time, effort, and emotional energy that the sport requires.
Tristar is a team that came about because my first team shut down unexpectedly. But being a part of a new team was a really great opportunity to be a trailblazer. I have been lucky to meet a lot of other rowers and coaches who all have stuff to teach me, being willing to learn more has helped me capitalize on their advice. Our team has a wonderful spot on the Little River, right above where it feeds into the Tennessee. I really wouldn't want to spend my mornings and afternoons any other way—out on the water, in the elements, with my teammates, learning and growing together. Rowing has given me so many opportunities: I have gotten to row on some of the most amazing rivers in the country (The Potomac, Schuylkill, James, Chattahoochie, Cumpberland), race some of the best rowers around, attend US Olympic Development camp, and to be a D1 college athlete.
I am really looking forward to the next 4 years. Dartmouth Lightweight Crew is a historic program that began in the 1930s (Heavyweight rowing began in the 1830s). The lightweight coach is fantastic and has a track record for his athletes making the US National Team. What I am looking forward to most is the opportunities that being a D1 college athlete brings. I'm looking forward to the friendships, coaching mentors, exciting trips, and great racing opportunities. I am looking forward to the safetynet that being a part of a team community brings.
Rowing has been an essential part of my high school career. It has taught me hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, and how to pursue a goal. In high school I have had some great successes and tough losses, but ultimately this is just the first step. I have so many strokes ahead of me. I love rowing because it rewards dedication—those who show up and keep showing up even if success at first appears unlikely. I'm excited to see where the next four years will take me and my team."
We are so proud of you Tate and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you in rowing and academically. Go Blazers and Big Green!