ROWING CHANGES LIVES
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What is America Rows?
America Rows helps to fulfill USRowing’s vision--to foster community, cultivate excellence and develop Olympic Champions. This initiative aims to increase opportunities in rowing for under-resourced youth, individuals with disabilities, and people of all ages, socioeconomic circumstances and fitness levels.
USRowing is bringing the joys, challenges and benefits of rowing to hundreds more Americans. From Boston to Seattle to Detroit and San Antonio, over 1000 youth with limited resources, more than 500 veterans with disabilities, and many more people from all walks of life and fitness levels are now rowers.
In 2015, America Rows doubled its affiliates, located in 106 schools and communities across the U.S.
And, because USRowing trainers, member clubs, coaches and volunteers are reaching out, people’s lives are changing across the country.
Your Support Fosters Their Success
Young promising rowers from Orlando, Baltimore, Long Beach, Dayton and Newburgh attended Junior National Team ID and Selection camps this year, with scholarships from the America Rows Fund and additional funding from America Rows & Swims Newburgh.
Four youth rowing programs involving 110 athletes from Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Newburgh and New York participated in Youth Nationals qualification regattas.
After joining Freedom Rows, USRowing’s program for veterans with disabilities, U.S. Navy Veteran Robert McRae, 69, lost 75 pounds, and with his teammates from the Longmont Sculling Club in Colorado beat the Naval Academy Team in the Concept2 Military Challenge.
The America Rows Fund provides school and community rowing programs with equipment, training and access to resources. Freedom Rows is part of the America Rows initiative.
Your contribution of any size to the America Rows Fund will help USRowing and its members continue to reach many more Americans who could benefit from this great sport—for recreation, competition, or fitness.
Making a Noticeable Impact
- Partnered with the George Pocock Rowing Foundation in Seattle to bring their successful Erg Ed™ program for middle school students to other parts of the country.
- Introduced 500 veterans to rowing through Freedom Rows with funding from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant program. This funding was renewed and increased for 2016 to reach over 1000 veterans at 21 locations across the U.S.
- Was awarded a C.H Neilsen Foundation grant to fund the expansion of adaptive rowing programs at six USRowing member clubs, to assist rowers with spinal cord injuries.
- Was recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the NGB for best practices in advancing diversity and inclusion, as determined by a vote of NGB peers. This is the second year the Diversity & Inclusion Choice has been awarded.
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