Founded in 2009, the Empire Dragon Boat Team is New York City’s first and only breast cancer survivor racing team comprised of members from throughout the tri-state area. We are one of over 140 women’s breast cancer survivor teams worldwide that serve to promote the sport of dragon boating as part of a healthy lifestyle, and provide a unique support for all women fighting cancer. We are a competitive racing team, and during our season, we participate in up to six dragon boat festivals in the northeastern United States. Empire’s coaches, Akila R. Simon and James Lozada, have obtained their Level 2 Competitive Coach Certifications from Dragon Boat Canada/Bateau Dragon Canada. Empire practices several times a week at the World’s Fair Flushing Bay Marina, and the team also meets on and off season for physical training and cardio fitness.
Empire is dedicated to empowering women to survive and thrive beyond cancer. We work to improve the environment in which we all live, as well as promoting exercise and nutrition as a means toward a healthy and fulfilling life.