What we're about

Our Mission

Organized Chaos is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to increase public awareness of the amateur sport of Dragon Boating, to promote Dragon Boating for health and recreational benefits, to educate paddlers through practice and race curricula and to participate in paddling competitions throughout the United States of America and the world. By creating a multi-cultural, age-diverse team environment that strives for unity and excellence, we encourage all members to reach for and attain their personal best as individuals and athletes. We train to win and compete all the while embodying the best qualities of sportsmanship through courtesy and fair play.

Our Vision

Create a diverse community, which provides our athletes with competition, fitness, and social connections through dragon boat and outrigger disciplines. A culture that supports athletes to achieve their personal goals by not being afraid to fail, recognizing that growth happens through success and failure. Promote a listening organization that adheres to “Our Values”.

Our Values

- Participation

•Participation (active) in order for team to exist, teammates must chip in and help in all facets.

- Ownership & Willpower

•Own successes and failures on and off the water. •Willpower - be that person who inspires through unwavering hard work and performance.

- Embrace & Respect

•Embrace teammates’ strengths and weaknesses, personality, etc. Stay dedicated to on and off water workouts, with a positive attitude. •Respect teammates’ commitment and time they put into the team

About the sport of dragon boat racing:

Dragon boating is the fastest growing water sport in America. Originating over 2,000 years ago in China, these 40’ long boats require 22 individuals to execute as one. Through technique, trust, and teamwork, paddlers learn how to navigate the challenges of shared space and synchronization to achieve top speed.

About us

Founded in 2010, Organized Chaos, Inc. received 501(c)(3) status in 2013. With over 60 active members and 700 supporters, the team competes nationally in Mixed, Ladies, and Open (Men) categories at dragon boat regattas, festivals, and club crew championships. Organized Chaos also supports other paddling disciplines such as stand up paddleboard, outrigger canoe, and kayaking.

Organized Chaos is affiliated with the USA Canoe and Kayak (USACK) and US Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF) governing bodies, with several of our members representing Team USA at the World Championships held in Italy (2012), Poland (2014), Canada (2015), Russia (2016), China (2017), Atlanta (2018), and Thailand (2019).

When not on the water, in the gym, or eating right, Organized Chaos supports local charities through volunteering and dollars. Of particular interest are causes which improve personal fitness/health and protect our local waterways. Organized Chaos also provides team building events and festivals for nonprofits and local businesses.

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