Dennis Bidwell used his considerable skills as an indefatigable organizer to get the Northampton High School crew team started and to help it grow. The team provided a place where students could bond with their team-mates, become physically fit, and enjoy competition with high schools, public and private, across the Commonwealth. There was a time when my daughter and her friends divided life into two parts: Hamp Crew and other. Without Dennis’ efforts, it is clear to me that Hamp Crew would never have come into being.

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Dr. Henry Rosenberg and Dr. Katie Hicks, Hamp Crew parents