Rowing Returning to Its Blue-Collar Roots

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    May 18, 2014 5:04 PM GMT

    NYT: Through a program by USRowing, the Chicago Training Center aims to introduce youths of all backgrounds to the sport, returning it to its blue-collar roots.
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    May 20, 2014 12:08 AM GMT
    I read that article in yesterdays NY Times. I think it is an awesome idea to introduce poor inner city youth to the sport of rowing and get them physically active. This will give them something positive to look forward to on a daily basis. It will also help get more kids off the streets and corners which could help Chicago put a good dent into its high violent crime rate. No matter how you look at this development, it is an excellent idea.
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    May 24, 2014 4:01 AM GMT
    The George Pocock Memorial Foundation in Seattle operates a program called Row To The Future that recruits and provides access kids who might not otherwise have access to rowing. Additionally, the Pocock Rowing Center (PRC) offers scholarships to kids whose parents can't afford to pay for their programs. The PRC will not turn away a kid because his or her parents can't afford to pay. I have written checks to support both programs.

    In spite of these programs, I haven't seen much evidence in the ranks of the high school age teams that the recruiting program is a success. My theory: unlike basketball and football and even soccer, rowing has no highly paid professional athletes.
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    Jun 01, 2014 2:35 AM GMT
    My point is, and I do have one, is that I enjoy donating to kids who seek the sport out and charge ahead with or without obstacles in the way. It's important to remove financial obstacles for kids who want to do the work.

    I just haven't seen much evidence that recruitment programs like Row to the Future which is conducted in Seattle's urban neighborhoods, actually discovers kids who fall in love with the sport.