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Middle-schoolers learn to row through grant program with Rose City Rowing Club - 01/09/19

Portland, Oregon – In recent years, rowing in the Pacific Northwest has expanded on a grand scale. Through a grant from U.S. Rowing and the George Pocock Foundation, called Erg Ed (www.pocockfoundation.org/erg-ed), Rose City Rowing Club teaches rowing to middle-schoolers in Portland Public Schools. At the end of the week, teams of middle-schoolers will compete against each other.

“We do this program every year to expose middle-schoolers to rowing,” said Leslie Walker, Rose City Rowing Club. “It’s the first time many of them have engaged in the sport. Later this spring, we will invite them down to the boathouse to try the sport in Willamette River. We do this to recruit more students to rowing. It’s a great sport with many scholarship opportunities.”

What:             Harriet Tubman middle-schoolers compete in rowing competition

Where:            Harriet Tubman Middle School Gymnasium
                         2231 N. Flint Ave., Portland

When:             9:15 a.m. -- 10:02 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019


Rose City Rowing Club competes out of the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Avenue, which also hosts a variety of other competitive paddling teams. The Boathouse, rebuilt 20 years ago through Portland Development Commission grant, is losing its lease and will soon need to find a new home on Portland’s waterfront.


About Rose City Rowing Club
Rose City offers several rowing programs that serve various youth populations in the Portland area. With a centralized location in downtown Portland and easy access to public transportation, rowing is more accessible to more of Portland's youth than ever before.

Rowing is an extremely teamwork-oriented sport that requires consistent dedication from each team member. The kids learn how to set goals and work every day toward achieving them. They can grow into strong, fit, well-balanced athletes, with minimal risk of injury. We offer classes for middle and high school students and are progressive in our creation and operation of alternative programs and events.

The athletes learn positive life lessons about teambuilding and cooperation. Rowing is a life sport and participants are able to use what they learn both on and off the water for the rest of their lives. In fact, many former junior rowers have returned to Portland and are now teaching and coaching the next generation of student-athletes.

Rowing is an alternative sport for many kids who have not found their niche in traditional sports in school. Rose City helps augment the sports options available to kids in high school, providing an outlet for people who otherwise might not have participated in high school athletics. In addition, rowers are exposed to significant college recruiting opportunities.

For more information on Rose City Rowing Club, please visit www.rosecityrowing.org.

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