Warwick Rowers Sing Christmas Carols… in Their Underwear

Warwick Rowers

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a gaggle of athletes singing Christmas carols in their underwear?

Members of the Warwick Rowers (famed for their annual pinup charity calendar) stopped by the offices World of Wonder Productions (RuPaul's Drag Race, I Am Britney Jean) to sing a few tunes … wearing next-to-nothing.

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After a short rendition of "Deck the Halls," the team's Laurence Hulse explained why the club at the University of Warwick (in Coventry, England) launched a calendar in 2009.

"The guys were broke," he says, and "didn’t have enough money to row, and one idea was to make a calendar" to raise funds for the team. At first, the only people buying the calendar were the crew's parents and grandparents. But, three or so years ago, "the gay community really started supporting us and buying calendars." (The team's new 2015 calendar was launched in October, at an event hosted by Sir Ian McKellen.)

Hulse says the team wanted to "reciprocate the generosity," so they launched their own charity, Sport Allies, "which is a campaign to challenge homophobia in sport" and to promote inclusion.

According to the New York Times, the club has raised more than $450,000 since 2009. The Rowers' website says a minimum of 10 percent of the team's profit from merchandise (including calendars, greeting cards, film downloads, hoodies and T-shirts) benefit Sport Allies.


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