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A Healthy Helping: Princeton area Whole Foods hosts Olympic Rowers

by Kirsten Spittel (kirsten@usrowing.org) | Jun 23, 2016
2016 Whole Foods Market Princeton
Photo: Sam Ojserkis (Men's 8+ coxswain)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Whole Foods Market in Princeton opened its doors to the USRowing National Team this week to show support and raise funds for their Row to Rio. The store hosted two events: a Giving Grill and 5% Day to fundraise over $7,000 for the USRowing National Team.  

Athletes were onsite during the events to meet with shoppers and share their experiences training for the upcoming Olympics this August.

“It was a blast to have Olympians at the store! The customers loved meeting the athletes and learning that Olympians train right here in Princeton,” said Jill Rizzi, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market - Princeton. “We’re glad we could show our support for the USRowing National Team as they enter the last few weeks of training before the Games.”

The USRowing Training Center is based in Princeton, NJ and houses the men’s and women’s big boat camps. Athletes for the remaining Rio-bound boats were announced earlier this week.  

“The Whole Foods Princeton team went above and beyond to make this event a success,” said Beth Kohl, chief marketing officer of USRowing. “We’re grateful for everything that they’ve done to support our National Team rowers this year.  Princeton is our hometown and it was heartwarming to see the community come out in support of our athletes. Princeton’s support, including that of Whole Foods Market, means so much to our team and will spur us on as we work to reach the podium in Rio. Thank you.”

About Whole Foods Market
Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, team member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 91,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2015, the company had sales of more than $15.4 billion and currently has more than 435 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit media.wfm.com.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 85,000 individual members and 1,300 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners.

For more information, contact: USRowing Communications, (609) 751-0710, media@usrowing.org.

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