Partnership Connects Rowing Community, Expands Reach of the Sport
Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA), USRowing, and RowAmerica have formed a strategic alliance to expand the sport of rowing. This alliance will provide strategic planning, funding, management expertise, and services to those interested in developing new rowing clubs or enhancing existing clubs.
The partnership leverages SFA’s background in planning and financing a wide array of sport and recreation centers. SFA has overseen the planning and financing for a portfolio of more than $5 billion in sporting centers around the world. USRowing and RowAmerica will provide rowing-specific expertise and ensure that new centers are developed to meet the standards set forth by USRowing.
Dev Pathik, SFA’s founder and CEO, says, “This partnership allows us to bring waterfront development to the forefront of our discussions with municipalities, and it provides another avenue for the Public-Private-Partnerships work that we do with clients. We are thrilled to have been selected as the partner to USRowing and RowAmerica.”
The Sports Facilities Advisory mission is to dramatically improve the health and economic vitality of communities. SFA’s clients range from private developers and clubs, to local and national governments.
USRowing is a non-profit 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, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
More than 85,000 individuals and 1,300 organizations strong, USRowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition. Its membership base represents the full spectrum of American rowers—juniors, collegians, masters, and those who row for recreation, competition, or fitness.
“There is important dialogue going on in America today between municipalities and private investors around sport and recreation facilities and the programs and audiences they serve. To date, rowing hasn’t been part of this conversation,” said Glenn Merry, USRowing CEO. “USRowing is really energized by this partnership because it brings rowing to new communities and locations and within a new context. We’re excited to see the value the partnership will bring to the national rowing community, opening doors for growth in rowing.”
“The partnership between SFA, RowAmerica, and USRowing is a unique opportunity to share in something larger than any one group can accomplish alone. SFA brings expertise and connectivity in sport facilities. RowAmerica brings consulting and on-the-ground expertise, showing new organizations how to run a successful rowing program. USRowing brings a national presence, partners from other areas of the business of rowing, and a thriving membership looking for new opportunities. We look forward to launching a dynamic new model, encouraging new athletes and organizations to join our sport.”
Founded in 2003, RowAmerica was formed in order to better serve, support, promote, and expand the sport of rowing. Through its businesses and organizations, RowAmerica provides a fully integrated model to service the needs of rowers and the rowing community.
RowAmerica owns and operates RowAmerica Boat Clubs in multiple locations (Saugatuck Rowing Club, RowAmerica Rye, RowAmerica Hamilton, RowAmerica Manchester, RowAmerica St. Charles, RowAmerica Greenwich, and RowAmerica North Little Rock, with four new sites planned for 2016). In addition, it distributes and provides boats for sale and lease under the Wintech Racing and King Racing brands, provides repair services for boats of any make and model under the RowAmerica Boat Repair division, and designs and builds rowing docks and racks under its RowAmerica Manufacturing division. The organization also provides rowing clothing, merchandise, and tools for the rowing community through its Scull & Sweep e-commerce platform.
Howard Winklevoss, founder of RowAmerica, is supportive of the potential for SFA to change the landscape of rowing in the United States.
“SFA’s business is centered on creating conversations within the community so that they embrace and support sports activities, such as rowing,” said Winklevoss. “They have proven their ability to connect the activities of various sport centers to the needs of the local community, and in doing so, have created functional financing and planning tools that ensure the ongoing viability of each sports facility. We look forward to working with SFA and USRowing as we continue to expand our own services and club network.”
“We are excited to offer, in conjunction with SFA and USRowing, our consulting services to existing and future rowing clubs across the United States,” says Dave Dickison, President of RowAmerica Boat Clubs. “We recognize the need in our sport for access to relevant, professional business development tools that will elevate the sport of rowing.”