About the Organizers

Hearts of Steel

We were once a dragon boat team paddling as breast cancer survivors, first as strangers, then as friends. Alas, our team became divided over misconceptions and misunderstandings ending in farewells. Our spirits crumbled, we felt lost without each other, missing the bond that kept us united. But through courage, friendship and the love of those around us, we found the strength to move on. Dragon Boat. Paddling. Breast Cancer. All words that helped us build a new team. It wasn’t easy but through hard work, encouragement, laughter, and tears... HEARTS OF STEEL PITTSBURGH was born!

Our mission: Gather breast cancer survivors young, old, strong, weak, no matter race, color or religion.

Our goal: Provide a community of trust, sharing, and the love of Dragon Boat Paddling to Breast Cancer Survivors everywhere.

Come see us, Paddle with us, Talk with us! Our hearts are waiting for you!



OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, Pittsburgh Chapter

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national membership-driven organziation of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in the United States.

To fulfill its mission, OCA has adapted the following goals to:
  • Advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment
  • Promote civic participation, education, and leadership;
  • Advance coaltions and community building; and
  • Foster cultural heritage
Founded as the Organization of Chinese Americans in 1973, OCA has since grown to a robust national advocacy organization to advance the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and aspiring Americans. The organization presently has over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners, impacting more than 35,000 individuals all across the country through local and national programming. While the organization's headquarters remain in Washington, DC, allowing OCA to directly engage in critical public policy issues on a macro level, it continues to largely remain as a grassroots constituency of lay advocates from all walks of life and diverse ethnic identities addressing uniquely local level issues impacting over 19 million Asian Pacific Americans across the country.

OCA takes no collective position on the politics of any foreign country, but instead focuses on the welfare and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans.



The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) is an association of individuals, corporations, and organizations in the state of Pennsylvania and its surrounding regions that was established in 1986. Its purpose is to promote understanding and enlightened relations between the United States and Japan.

The Society provides informative and innovative programming in order to encourage a better understanding of the business, cultural, social, educational, and political practices and customs of Japan and the United States.

JASP members gain access to business, educational, cultural, and social programs focusing on U.S.- Japan relations, which also provide opportunities for developing personal relationships with members of both the Japanese and American communities. Membership is extended to individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations. Please see the Membership page for more information and to join.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania is part of a global network that seeks to promote good will in the growing and evolving relationship between the peoples of the United States and Japan through local business, cultural, and educational outreach.

The JASP logo, a calligraphic representation of Pittsburgh's three rivers with the city's skyline at its confluence, has been a convenient visual representation of our core mission: To serve as the go-to information source for and liaison between the Japanese and American business, cultural, and educational communities in the Western PA and tri-state area.