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USRowing Announces America Rows Grants for Youth Regional Championships

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | May 05, 2016
In a continuing effort to make rowing more accessible to underrepresented youth in the United States, USRowing is pleased to announce the five programs that have been awarded funding through the 2016 America Rows Youth Regional Championship Grant Program.

PRINCETON, N.J. – In a continuing effort to make rowing more accessible to underrepresented youth in the United States, USRowing is pleased to announce the five programs that have been awarded funding through the 2016 America Rows Youth Regional Championship Grant Program.

The five grants, totaling more than $20,000, will be made available to each of the organizations in an overall effort to increase participation of America Rows programs at USRowing’s Youth Regional Championships and to provide stipends that can be used to cover the cost of travel, lodging and regatta registration fees.

The five rowing programs will be competing at their corresponding regional youth championships in the coming weeks:

·      Baltimore Rowing Club – USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships

·      Row LA – USRowing Southwest Youth Championships

·      America Rows & Swims Newburgh – USRowing Northeast Youth Championships

·      Chicago Rowing Foundation – Midwest Junior Rowing Championships

·      Gompers Preparatory Academy – USRowing Southwest Youth Championships

“When USRowing launched our first Task Force on Access, Affordability and Diversity in 2006, our goal was simply to open the sport to more Americans,” said USRowing CEO Glenn Merry. “Ten years later, I am very pleased to see competitive America Rows programs vying for qualification to the USRowing Youth National Championships. This is exactly what we intended in the early years -- to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy rowing and the competitive opportunities it brings. We look forward to seeing these young athletes race in the coming weeks.”

In cities like Newburgh, N.Y., rowing has made an impact in the lives of America Rows & Swims Newburgh athletes.

"Our athletes are immensely grateful to USRowing for this grant,” said Juliana LoBiondo, founder and director of America Rows & Swims Newburgh. “Our youth had never heard of the sport of rowing when we first recruited them through community outreach. We serve kids who are living below the federal poverty level in the city of Newburgh, which has the highest per capita crime rate in the state of New York. We also serve kids of differing abilities, such as children with autism. We taught all of our athletes to swim at the local pool and have provided scholarships, so that they can row for the Newburgh Rowing Club.

“America Rows has opened doors and brought opportunities they never knew existed. While the local public high school has a graduation rate of about 60 percent, the children in our program have a 100 percent high school graduation rate. Several of the children in our program have received scholarships to attend private high schools and prep schools. Rowing has truly made a difference in their lives."

The grant program is available to America Rows organizations with a youth rowing program and their members who compete at a USRowing youth regional championship. For more information about the America Rows Youth Regional Championships Grant Program, click here.

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 85,000 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.

For more information, contact: USRowing Communications, (609) 751-0710, media@usrowing.org.

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