Celebrating Diversity, Embracing the Challenge

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, providing us an opportunity to recognize the African-American members of our community. These individuals represent an important and emerging constituency within our sport.

Black History Month also is an opportunity for the rowing community to reflect on the continued lack of diversity in rowing and to focus our attention on evolving the sport to reflect our society as a whole.

In collaboration with an increasing number of members of the rowing community, USRowing is committed to broadening the appeal of our sport and to addressing the challenges that limit the participation of our sport within the African-American communities.

We will focus our internal resources towards addressing these challenges, and we will highlight those programs that support these goals and celebrate their successes.

This will be an ongoing process and is identified by the Strategic Planning Committee as one of the major areas of focus for USRowing to address. You can find the draft of the strategic planning document here. We welcome your feedback at members@usrowing.org.

Throughout Black History Month, USRowing.org will be recognizing African-American members of our rowing community who are having an impact on our sport beginning today with a feature on Eric Carson, one of our national team physicians. Click on the links below to hear their stories and perspectives.

The Lasting Impact (2/27/19)

Breaking Down Walls to Bring Rowing to All (2/21/19)

Building a Boathouse Without Walls (2/13/19)

Becoming an Agent of Positive Change (2/7/19)

Exposing Inner Cities to Rowing (2/1/19)

Doldron Creating a Culture at BU (6/22/18)

Coaching Spotlight: Kevin Harris (3/30/18)

Athletes Past and Present: Aquil Abdullah (2/22/18)

Her Olympic Life (2/15/18)

Athletes Past and Present: David Banks (2/9/18)

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