Jicaro Island Ecolodge recently helped some enterprising young people raise funds for a great water-based sports activity. It all started when we were contacted by Christina Bax, a senior and captain of the crew team at the National Cathedral School, an all-girls school in Washington D.C. which was last year's Virginia state champion in girls' rowing. Christina had read about Jicaro in Conde Naste Traveler’s top new hotels of 2010 and was drawn in by the story of how the lodge was created. “Even though we are a fairly small school that competes against much larger schools, we are relatively successful,” she wrote. “We are a club sport and are not supported financially by our school.” Christina and her teammates set out “to raise funds to buy rowing equipment and establish a financial aid fund, so that no student is prevented from participating because of lack of money.” Jicaro Island Ecolodge donated a gift certificate for a two-night stay for two in a private casita to be auctioned off by the rowing team during an online auction. Christina told us that “in the final minutes of the auction, the Jicaro Island Ecolodge stay was a hotly contested item with several bidders.” The winner of the auction item was Mr. Daniel Lieberson, who will be coming to Jicaro in the next few months. “I really very much appreciated your help with our auction and hope that I will be able to visit Nicaragua in the not-too-far future,” said Christina. The first photo here was taken just after the National Cathedral School won the silver medal at the Virginia State Championships. The second picture is Christina Bax (front) and her pair partner, Blair Kania (back) congratulating each other.