Rowers Can Change Lives on Giving Tuesday
By Beth Kohl • November 29, 2016
Teamwork. Camaraderie. Dedication. These characteristics are hard-coded in the DNA of the athletes in our sport. What drives rowers to push themselves beyond barriers and keep returning to the start line for more is not only unique. It’s something worth sharing.
Now is the time to pay it forward this Giving Tuesday, and bring the sport of rowing to future generations of athletes, inspire them and make a difference through a donation to USRowing/ National Rowing Foundation.
“There has never been a more powerful time in our sport,” said Beth Kohl, USRowing Chief Marketing Officer. “Across the country, we see the impact rowing has had on people of all ages and demographics — from middle schoolers to the Olympic and Paralympic team. It is up to us to continue to provide the program needs to realize this impact. Freedom Rows athlete and Paralympic hopeful Bennie Jose Perez said it best: ‘The sky is the limit, and I am flying every day. Thank you, Freedom Rows, for allowing me to shoot for the stars.’”
Across the country, we see the impact rowing has had on people of all ages and demographics — from middle schoolers to the Olympic and Paralympic team. It is up to us to continue to provide the program needs to realize this impact.”
On Nov. 29, USRowing is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate on improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
How is the sport of rowing changing lives?
USRowing’s America Rows programs changes lives by offering rowing opportunities to all, including underserved communities and veterans with disabilities. As a result of these programs, many men and women, boys and girls are finding new meaning to life.
Thanks to the America Rows scholarship program, we provide assistance to America Rows athletes wishing to compete at Youth Nationals qualification regattas and attend Junior National Team development and selection camps. We expanded our partnership with the Pocock Rowing Foundation to bring Erg Ed, a classroom-based indoor rowing education program for middle school students, to additional cities during the 2016-17 school year.
USRowing introduced the sport of rowing to nearly 900 veterans through the Freedom Rows program thanks to a Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant, and more than 125 individuals with spinal cord injuries through a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.
The National Rowing Foundation
Our U.S. Olympians and Paralympians are able to realize the dream of a lifetime – to represent the United States on the greatest international stage in rowing. They would not have made it to Rio without the support of friends, family and the National Rowing Foundation and are now preparing for Tokyo 2020. For 50 years the NRF has been all about supporting National Team Athletes. You can show your support on Giving Tuesday to help make their 50th anniversary the best ever.
Toady is the global day of giving. Celebrate this special day with us by:
- Donating to USRowing/ National Rowing Foundation
- Posting on social media using hashtags #GivingTuesday and #RowersGive
- Sharing your own experiences about how rowing has changed your life, and encourage friends and family to donate
- Encouraging your workplace to match your donations on #GivingTuesday
Help us continue to change lives through rowing by making a donation to one of the programs as part of the global day of giving. Rowers give so much of themselves to their sport. Now is your chance to give to them.