Mission Statement and History
We are USRowing, fostering community, cultivating excellence and developing Olympic Champions.
In pursuit of this mission, USRowing will achieve the following results:
- Steadily increase awareness of rowing
- Consistently grow lifetime participation in rowing
- Provide education on rowing safety, healthy training methods, and effective rowing technique
- Provide standards for all rowers of safe, fair racing
- Continually improve performance at the Olympic Games
- Maintain fiscal growth and responsibility
USRowing is a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing selects, trains and manages the teams that represent the U.S. in international competition, including the world championships, Pan American Games and Olympic Games. More than 93,000 individuals and 1,350 organizations strong, USRowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition. USRowing membership reflects the spectrum of American rowers – juniors, collegians, masters and those who row for recreation, competition, or fitness.
In 1982, the United States Rowing Association was formed by the merger of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen, founded in 1872, and the National Women’s Rowing Association, established in the early 1960s. USRowing brought these two organizations together with a name incorporating both men and women and reflecting the broader interests of rowing. In 1985, the organization moved from Philadelphia, Pa., to Indianapolis, Ind., home of several other Olympic sport governing bodies; and in 1994, Indianapolis became the only U.S. city to host a world rowing championship. In February 2006, USRowing moved its corporate headquarters to Princeton, N.J., home of USRowing’s national training center.
USRowing registers hundreds of regattas across the country each year, ensuring they are run under specific safety guidelines. The association also provides programs to educate referees and coaches. USRowing stages national championship regattas annually including the USRowing Club National Championships, USRowing Masters National Championships, and USRowing Youth National Championships. USRowing also conducts regional championships and national team selection events.
USRowing is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and Federation Internationale des Societes D’Aviron (FISA), the international rowing federation.