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USRowing Announces Youth Award Grant Recipients

18 May, 2015


USRowing is pleased to announce that five America Rows programs have been awarded grants totaling $15,000 that will fund athletes from those organizations to travel and compete at their respective USRowing Youth National Championships qualification regattas this month.
The clubs receiving funding include Row New York, RowLA, Baltimore Rowing Club, America Rows and Swims Newburgh and Chicago Rowing Foundation.
"I am delighted that America Rows and USRowing could award grants to these deserving organizations. America Rows is an important part of the fabric of the rowing community, and we look forward to watching athletes from these programs develop and thrive over the years to come," said USRowing Inclusion Manager Richard Butler.

The grants will allow 110 youth athletes from underserved areas the opportunity to participate in high-level youth rowing competitions, ones that they would not normally be able to afford due to the cost of travel, lodging and fees associated with competing at the championship level.

 "Chicago Rowing Foundation is so grateful to receive this grant from America Rows. The grant will make it possible for nine of our rowers from six different crews to compete at the Midwest Regional Youth Championship,” said Betsy Trevarthen, Executive Director of Development and Communication at the Chicago Rowing Foundation. "Because of the grant, Chicago Rowing Foundation is able to continue its mission of putting all athletes from all walks of life on the water, regardless of their background."

In addition to the grants just awarded, a second America Rows grant will be used to fund scholarships for up to five junior athletes for participation in the USRowing Junior National Team selection and development camps. For more information about the America Rows Junior National Team Camp Grant Program, click here.

The two grants, totaling $30,000, are intended to increase participation and development of athletes from ethnically, racially and economically underserved populations that represent less than 10 percent of USRowing’s membership base.

ABOUT ROW NEW YORK: Founded in 2002, Row New York is a non-profit organization that rows out of the Queens Boathouse in Queens, N.Y., and runs an academic support program at the Flushing YMCA. The program serves hundreds of students in grades six through 12, has participants from all of New York’s boroughs and represents a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. It offers participation in the sport of rowing and tutors students to help prepare them for college entry examinations. One hundred percent of Row New York’s students have gone on to college and many of them are in top schools rowing on full or partial scholarship. For more information, click here.

ABOUT ROWLA: RowLA combines intensive rowing activities with individualized academic support to empower girls in the city of Los Angeles to pursue excellence in all dimensions of their lives. RowLA engages girls from underserved communities in the Los Angeles area, offering them intensive rowing activities, academic tutoring and college counseling as a means of encouraging them to become student-athletes, confident in their abilities to make wise choices for themselves and those they affect. For more information, click here.
ABOUT BALTIMORE ROWING CLUB: Rowing in Baltimore was re-established in 1979 when a group of former college oarsmen and other enthusiasts of the sport decided to revive what once had been a extremely popular pastime on the Patapsco River. Since then, Baltimore Rowing has enjoyed tremendous growth, with programs for masters, recreational and junior rowers, as well as an outreach program for middle school athletes coming from under-served neighborhoods, called Reach High. Several high schools including Bryn Mawr, Institute of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Prep, Roland Park, St. Paul’s School for Boys and St. Paul’s School for Girls row out of the boathouse. The facility also is home to two college programs including Loyola University Maryland and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. For more information, click here.

ABOUT AMERICA ROWS AND SWIMS NEWBURGH: America Rows and Swims Newburgh is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to make water sports such as rowing and kayaking more accessible to youth and adults and to provide free Water Confidence Clinics to youth and adults in the greater Newburgh area. America Rows and Swims Newburgh is a team of community leaders that raise funds through grants, donations and fundraising events to support organizations such as the Student Ambassador Program of the Newburgh Rowing Club, where underserved youth learn to kayak and row free of charge. For more information, click here.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO ROWING FOUNDATION: Chicago Rowing Foundation (CRF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1998 with a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee to make sweep rowing accessible and available to students throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. CRF boasts a nationally ranked high school program, a growing middle school program, a recreational program for adults and a nationally ranked adult masters competitive team. Through its introductory programs, CRF gives new rowers the tools to live a healthier life and the chance to gain confidence through strength and focus. Its new home, the Chicago Park District’s WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, is the premier rowing center in the city with year-round training and facilities. Through its partnership with the Chicago Park District, CRF provides low-cost community programs in About USRowing: USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 75,000 individual members and 1,300 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners: ANXeBusiness Corp, Boathouse Sports, Connect-A-Dock, EMCVenues, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Ludus Tours, Rudy Project and Shimano. USRowing’s official suppliers include Concept 2, Croker Oars, JanSport, Nielsen Kellerman, Vespoli and WinTech.  USRowing relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and provides opportunities for those with disabilities, also benefits from corporate support.
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