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Solo rowing the Pacific from California to Hawaii to inspire a more courageous world and raise scholarships for United World Colleges

The Challenge

Beginning April 2020, Terence Steinberg will attempt to solo row from San Francisco to Hawaii, a grueling journey fewer than 10 people have ever completed.

Terence will row more than 12 hours per day for months on end. The motivation? To pay forward his UWC experience and show that with the right attitude and preparation, anything is possible.

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Successful summits up Everest: 5,500. Visits to outer space: 550. Solo rowed to Hawaii: under 10.

The Mission

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, Terence 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.

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Partner

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 Terence 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.

The team

Our team consists of UWC alumni, ocean rowing pioneers and friends all championing the Challenge and supporting Terence’s safe crossing.

Terence Steinberg

Terence launched the United World Challenge to support the UWC movement’s mission create a more peaceful and sustainable world.

Terence brings over 10 years endurance racing experience. He’s a two-time Ironman with top-5% finishes, runs ultramarathons up to 145-miles nonstop, and does crazy stuff like climbing Long’s Peak in Colorado as his first 14’er. During college, he completed a 54km Nordic ski marathon on borrowed skis after practicing just a dozen times. Terence feels most alive when pushing his limits and he can’t wait to row to Hawaii to help grow UWC and inspire a more courageous world.

Originally from the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, Terence is a graduate of the UWC of the Adriatic in Italy (2004-2006), where he won a full scholarship. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting. Terence is an alumni of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and a member of NEXUS Global. He earned his MBA from London Business School and BA from Macalester College.

Taylor Howard

Team Support

Taylor works at Facebook as Content Strategist for Facebook Connectivity. Previously, she was Lead Content Strategist for the International User Experience & Design Team at Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China, overseeing content marketing and content strategy for 7 markets: Global (English speaking), France, Spain, Brasil, Latin America, Russia and Israel. Taylor attended UWC-USA (02-04) and hails from Warren, Michigan. She holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College.

Jen Mackie

Team Support

Jen attended UWCSEA (Singapore) 2001-2006 and hails from Brisbane, Australia. After finishing school she continued on to a volunteer position in Cambodia with other students from UWCSEA, UWC Adriatic and UWC Red Cross Nordic. With a background in digital marketing, advertising and content strategy, she is working to extend the reach of the United World Challenge. Jen is an MBA Graduate of Queensland University of Technology, and is currently traveling the world, chronicling her experiences at incredijen.com.

Will Greenwood

Team Support

Will is a software developer who holds a B.Sc. Honours in Bioinformatics and lives in Calgary where he is the CTO of a proptech startup, RealOffice360, and is the founder of a digital marketing agency, Intermedia Agency. With a background in web development, digital marketing, and data science, Will is helping United World Challenge maximize their digital presence with the right tools and technology.

Zachary G. B. Smith

Team Support

Inspired by the United World Challenge, Zack joined the team to launch a podcast to share our story with the world and bring you along for the journey. As a marketer and podcaster, he finds the best outcomes result from collective genius. Zack earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus on communication, and he's been connecting people through story ever since.

Deanna Tamborelli

Team Support

Sonya Baumstein

Advisor

Leven Brown

Advisor

Roz Savage, MBE

Advisor

The journey

Solo rowing an ocean is hard. Solo rowing to Hawaii is really hard.

Our journey begins in northern California, where Terence 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, Terence 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, Terence 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 Terence'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 window for launch opens April 15, 2020

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Supporting United World Colleges

United World Colleges (UWC) is a global movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

In 2004 Terence won a scholarship to attend the UWC of the Adriatic in northern Italy, and he’s wanted to pay that forward to a new student ever since. Now, thanks to this row and the support of hundreds of “crew mates”, that dream is coming true.

What is UWC?

The movement began in 1962 when Atlantic College in Wales, UK admitted its first students. The Cold War raged and UWC set out to bring together young people from different nations to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration, and understanding.

UWC has since gained global recognition as a catalyst for international understanding, and today teaches 3,000 college students each year in 18 schools on 4 continents. Students are selected for their demonstrated promise and potential, coming from 155 countries. Over 80% of students receive scholarships to attend.

The movement began in 1962 when Atlantic College in Wales, UK admitted its first students. The Cold War raged and UWC set out to bring together young people from different nations to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration, and understanding.

UWC has since gained global recognition a catalyst for international understanding, and today teaches 3,000 college students each year in 17 locations on 4 continents. Students come from more than 155 countries, each selected for their demonstrated promise and potential. The colleges teach the IB diploma; over 70% of students receive full or partial financial assistance.

In the turbulent world of the 21st century, UWC’s aims and objectives are as relevant today as they were in 1962 – perhaps even more so.

Like ocean rowing, UWC brings students far beyond their comfort zone and into a place of deep growth. At UWC, students see that the world and our human differences are smaller than they may first appear,

and that by working together we can tackle even the greatest challenges. Students learn that before gender, nationality, religion or any other label, we are all human and share one planet.

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.

To learn more, contact:
Mark Hodde, UWC-USA Chief Advancement Officer
Terence Steinberg, Chief Engine Officer

United
World
Challenge

Rowing 3,000 miles to bring more peace and love to the world and raise scholarships to UWC