There are a lot of people and organizations doing amazing work to bring rowing opportunities to their communities. The nine listed here top my own personal list and I hope you’ll consider supporting them.
athleteswithoutlimits.org Athletes Without Limits helps athletes with intellectual impairment find opportunities to compete in mainstream and adaptive rowing events and manages the eligibility process for athletes looking to compete in USRowing, Virtus, and other events.
BLJ Community Rowing
bljcommunityrowing.com BLJ Community Rowing knows that rowing can be a vehicle for change, a vehicle to a better life, and a means to build relationships and community. As the only black owned and operated rowing club in America, BLJ is passionate about providing access to the elite sport of rowing by removing boundaries and creating opportunities.
DC Strokes Rowing Club
dcstrokes.org DCSRC holds fast to the conviction that LGBTQ+ rowers can be formidable athletes and competitors. DCSRC seeks to be a platform for competitive success and to increase the profile of LGBTQ+ rowers in the rowing community while promoting a spirit of camaraderie amongst our members. DC Strokes programs are open to all rowers, and the club aspires foremost to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ rowers and their allies.
George Pocock Rowing Foundation
pocockfoundation.org To build and support high quality programs and facilities that promote access to rowing, excellence in rowing, and use rowing as a means to foster physical activity, health, leadership, and community engagement. GPRF is home to the A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund, focusing on non-traditional communities and communities of color where youth face barriers to participation in the sport.
Seize The Oar Foundation
seizetheoar.com/support Since 2013, Seize The Oar Foundation has championed inclusion in the sport of rowing through team training, outreach, and thought leadership.
Recovery on Water
recoveryonwater.org Recovery on Water (ROW) gives breast cancer patients and survivors the unique opportunity to interact, become active in their recovery, and gain support from their peers. Support for ROW programs ensures that breast cancer patients and survivors have access to the full support she may need and absolutely deserves.
rowla.org RowLA creates a waterway to college for girls in Los Angeles. RowLA girls are taught how to row. But when they are not on the water, they are provided academic support, college counseling and nutrition awareness sessions. An important part of the RowLA girl’s experience is developing an awareness of the needs of the community and becoming active in “giving back”.
Row New York
rownewyork.org Row New York was founded in 2002 based on the premise that the discipline of competitive rowing combined with rigorous academic support yields powerful returns. Rowing instills in athletes a strong work ethic, persistence, and grit. This is particularly evident in the classroom, where focus and determination produce higher grades and college acceptance rates. Row New York believes that the unique combination of rowing plus academic support develops confidence and cultivates a strong work ethic, regardless of background or ability.
U.S. Veteran’s Rowing & Kayaking
veteransrowing.com U.S. Veteran’s Rowing & Kayaking Program is a non-profit, volunteer organization serving U.S. military Veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other health related issues. Theirhealing and wellness programs are designed especially to help Veterans with addressing these and many other health problems.