Solo rowing the Pacific from California to Hawaii to inspire a more courageous world and raise scholarships for United World Colleges
What dream is hidden deep inside you? How many times have you told yourself I can’t, it's not feasible, maybe later, no matter how badly it calls to you?
By recording and sharing this experience - from learning to row and navigate, to surviving wild ocean storms, to witnessing the humbling beauty of our world, to facing and overcoming his doubts and fears during 3 months alone at sea - through social media, an Esri StoryMap, blogs and more, Tez aims to empower dreamers of all ages to believe in themselves, take a little risk, and become their own inspiration for life.
United World Challenge is a collaboration among UWC alumni, corporate partners, and the public to inspire a more courageous world and raise scholarships for the next generation of students to attend United World colleges.
We all have an ocean to cross – what’s yours?
Sponsorship is more than just a good story. It’s about pursuing a vision greater than the sum of the parts. It’s about making impact neither partner could achieve alone. In short, it’s about crossing oceans together.
We’ve done our homework. UWC Challenge has non-profit status for tax benefits to project partners. Finances are managed by professional, independent accountants. And partnership funds to cover expedition costs are kept 100% separate from all scholarship donations.
Let's row towards your goals!
Research and Education
A big part of this project is increasing an understanding of the impact on ocean plastics for generations to come. Look out for special entries in the Story Map with marine science and coding curricula. These open source lesson plans will be built by Challenge Chief Science Officer Jess Garwood, PhD, and will be available to any student and teacher worldwide. Share the Story Map and lessons with students/teachers in your community!
We are driving partner results in four areas
Connect with millions
We can reach over 22 million followers across partner and affiliate channels – and our reach grows more each week. Our world-first StoryMap will be embedded here and on partner websites, generating ongoing exposure and engagement with global audiences from start to finish of the 2,400 mile journey.
Broadcast your story
Partners will have their roles and company stories showcased across the Challenge asset portfolio, including StoryMap, talks, blog, film and social media. Through our unique media, this journey is a platform to share your story in inspiring new ways with the audiences we reach and through your own channels. .
Discover what the United World Challenge can do for you. Download our partnership opportunity deck.
Enhance your brand
Everyone has dreams – not everyone realizes them. Are you ready to walk the walk? Aligning to this mission will elevate your brand value as you show that you are defined by values such as courage, resilience, innovation and optimism.
Make real impact
This isn’t another CSR afterthought – this is real. We’re raising $150,000 in scholarships for new students to attend United World Colleges, one of the most empowering experiences a young person can have. And, as Tez rows across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, we will raise awareness across the world about the plastic crisis and what we can all do to help.
Solo rowing an ocean is hard. Solo rowing to Hawaii is really hard.
Our journey begins in northern California, where Tez will cross busy shipping lanes, row through the night against winds pushing him to shore, and face a wall of raging waves 30 miles (50km) from land where the ocean floor drops away. And that's just the first few days.
Self-sufficient and carrying all food and equipment to survive for up to 90 days, Tez will traverse remote wildlife habitat and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling mass of debris and plastic filling an area the size of Texas. After navigating 2,500 miles of open ocean, Tez will arrive in Hawaii, becoming one of very few people to ever complete this route.
Through partner and affiliate channels, the United World Challenge can reach over 22 million followers and counting.
We’re preparing to produce a series of world-first content, using this journey to inspire people believe in themselves and live their best lives.
Using our custom-built Esri StoryMap, followers and fans can track the journey from start to finish from a single browser and platform. Click any milestone on the route and see the photos, videos, podcasts and blogs from that day.
Want to place the StoryMap on your website? It will show content from start-to-finish, as the GIS gurus making this magical map add Tez's multimedia content throughout the row. Embedding is easy, just drop in the code like you do for a YouTube video.
We’re also planning to create 360-degree video of the start and finish, crossing the Pacific Garbage Patch, storms and more. These 360-experiences will immerse you in the journey, and will be paired with public speaking to give audiences an experience of life at sea.
We're looking for a production partner for this never-before-made 360 content. Are you ready to make history with us? Get in touch – we’re ready to work with you!
Our UWC scholarship fund
100% goes to UWC scholarships
We’ve partnered with UWC-USA to launch the United World Challenge Scholarship Fund. Learn more here and make a gift today. Your contribution is tax deductible in the USA and 100% goes to UWC.
We’re also working with the UWC International Office in London who will provide strategic advice on the best use of the fund, to ensure we make the greatest possible impact when the scholarships are awarded to students in fall 2020. If possible, we hope to support students from coastal countries suffering the effects of climate change and rising seas.