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.

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