Teams – Besides its adult teams, a student team was formed in 2016 when OPD launched its Student Program, which successfully brought together a team of middle school students, primarily from San Francisco’s Aptos Middle School. The student team, Tiger Sharks, compete each year at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival. They also travel internationally for other races.
Affiliation – OPD is a member of the Pacific Dragon Boat Association under this current structure:
Beginning – Oyster Point Dragons (OPD) saw its humble beginning in 2012 as it morphed out of the Ocean Dragon Diehards, a team organized to compete in the 2012 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Incorporation – OPD was subsequently incorporated in February 2013 under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes, and is a tax exempt organization under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) and California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701d. The purpose of this organization is to foster national and international amateur sports competition, and in particular, dragon boating. OPD is an all-volunteer organization consisting of a 5-member Board and two Committees: Coaching / Safety and Maintenance.
Base – OPD is the first dragon boat team ever to be based out of Oyster Point Marina; off Gate Number 7 at 95 Harbor Master Road in South San Francisco across from the Oyster Point Yacht Club and adjacent to the South City Ferry Terminal. OPD currently has two Kahlua dragon boats and its practice site covers areas alongside Highway 101 towards Candlestick Point or towards San Francisco Airport’s boundary. The team also owns two outrigger-canoes (OC), a Connection Stingray OC1 and a Tempest OC2.
Mission – Oyster Point Dragons’ mission is to promote the sport of dragon boating in a fun and safe environment while fostering team spirit and friendship.
Vision – Its vision is to expand and promote the sport of dragon boating as a health promotion program, an approach to leadership development, and a team building technique for schools, corporations, and communities in South San Francisco and the Bay Area in general.
Values and Principles – Its mission and vision are guided and guarded by the fundamental values and principles of Unity, Fairness, Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Training, and Transparency within a positive and supportive environment.
History and Sport of Dragon Boating – According to Chinese legends, scholar and poet Qu Yuan, drowned himself in the Mei Lo River in the Southern Chinese provinces as a result of corruption and uprising during the Chu Kingdom ...
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