USRowing, NRF Supporting Fundraising Campaign for Independent Boats

USRowing and the National Rowing Foundation are supporting the fundraising campaign for the independent boats (non-funded) that will compete at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. These athletes and coaches are a part of the fabric of the team that will represent the United States at the championships.

Given the performance goals established by the USRowing High Performance Committee and the United States Olympic Committee, the limited financial resources are allocated towards funding Olympic-class boats that are projected to make the A final at the 2020 Olympic Games. As a result, independent boats must cover their own expenses to compete at the world championships, often costing upwards of $5,000 per person.

The objective of this fundraising campaign is to help offset the costs of the independent boats to compete at the championships. Donors have the option to support specific boats (including coaches) or to donate to a general fund that will be distributed exclusively to the independent boats that have opted to raise funds through the NRF to offset their approved costs.

General Fund: Funds will be allocated equally among the independent boat classes that have not achieved their fundraising goals.

Specific Boat Classes: Donors can contribute to a specific boat, which include:

Men’s Single Sculls

  • Kevin Meador (Berkeley, Calif./Northeastern University)

Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls

  • Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif./University of Tulsa)

Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls

  • Andrew Campbell (New Canaan, Conn./Harvard University)

PR1 Women’s Single Sculls

  • Hallie Smith (Washington, D.C./Smith College)

PR1 Men’s Single Sculls

  • Blake Haxton (Columbus, Ohio/The Ohio State University)

PR2 Women’s Single Sculls

  • Laura Goodkind (Los Angeles, Calif./Whittier College)

Men’s Double Sculls

  • Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla./University of Washington)
  • John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio/Trinity College)

Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls

  • Hugh McAdam (Hollis, N.H./Washington College)
  • Peter Schmidt (Providence, R.I./Drexel University)

PR2 Mixed Double Sculls

  • Laura Goodkind (Los Angeles, Calif./Whittier College)
  • Ronald Harvey (Long Beach, Calif./Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

PR3 Mixed Double Sculls

(NOTE: Be sure and include “CRI Paralympic Development” in the memo field of your check or online donation.)

  • Pearl Outlaw (Charlottesville, Va./Ithaca College)
  • Joshua Boissoneau (Bedford, N.H./Elmira College)

PR3 Women’s Pair

(NOTE: Be sure and include “CRI Paralympic Development” in the memo field of your check or online donation.)

  • Jaclyn Smith (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart University)
  • Danielle Hansen (Patterson, Calif./University of Washington)

Lightweight Men’s Pair

  • Tom Foster (New York, N.Y./Oxford University)
  • David O. Smith (Seattle Wash./Dartmouth College)

Lightweight Women’s Pair

  • Jillian Zieff (Wayland, Mass./Trinity College)
  • Jennifer Sager (Philadelphia, Pa./Trinity College)

Men’s Quadruple Sculls

  • Justin Keen (Hatfield, Pa./Pennsylvania State University)
  • Gregory Ansolabehere (Bakersfield, Calif. /California State University, Sacramento)
  • Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis./University of Wisconsin)
  • Erik Frid (Madbury, N.H./Ithaca College)

Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls

  • Michaela Copenhaver (Berkeley, Calif./Princeton University)
  • Christine Cavallo (Windermere, Fla./Stanford University)
  • Margaret Bertasi (London, England/Princeton University)
  • Hillary Saeger (Dedham, Mass./Marist College)

Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls

  • James Nelson (Austin, Texas/Franklin and Marshall College)
  • Alexander Loy (Ballston Lake, N.Y./Trinity College)
  • Sam Hausmann (Buffalo, N.Y./Northeastern University)
  • Michael Landuyt (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

For more information on how crews earn funding to the world championships, please refer to the selection procedures.

USRowing and our partners are committed to the future success of the athletes that represent the United States at the World Rowing Championships. We will continue to strive towards increasing the support of the athletes and coaches that are committed to achieving these standards.

Thank you!

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