ORLANDO, Fla. – Andrea Eliscu knows the power of the dragon.
The long time rower and Board of Directors member for the Orlando Rowing Club knew that a bond happens when people are put in the position of teammates, striving toward a common goal.
It was with that knowledge that Dueling Dragons was born.
The program matches at-risk kids with police officers. Together they train as a team in rowing competitions.
News 6 met up with Eliscu on the shores of Lake Fairview as her teams trained for an international dragon boat festival later this month.
Eliscu got the idea while listening to a local police chief speak at a community event. It was the first time she heard the term "invisible kids," kids who haven't gotten into trouble but live in at-risk environments.
"It was like, I can get these kids in a dragon boat because I know how much attention there is between the paddlers," she says. "They're not going to be invisible when they're out here."
In five years 94 kids and 94 cops have gone through the program.