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What's New?

Freedom Rows is working with CRI and its Wounded Warriors program beginning in May. Freedom Rows also will be in attendance at the Valor Games Southeast event on May 20 in North Carolina and the Valor Games Far West event on May 31 in California. 

A classifier workshop and athlete classification session will take place in California just before the Valor Games event. USRowing also will be collaborating with the USABA on a LTA PD Development Camp May 29-June 4 at CRI in Boston. Check the Freedom Rows calendar below for more information.

Upcoming Events

Freedom Rows Calendar

Adaptive Classifier Workshops

Para-Rowing Classification Information

Freedom Rows News

Freedom Rows News and Features 

Social Media

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About Freedom Rows

Beginning in the fall of 2014, USRowing will be opening boathouse doors throughout the country to disabled veterans and members of the armed services, so they can Join Our Team and experience the full range of opportunities and benefits to be gained from recreational rowing at their VA sports facility, or local club, to competing in the Paralympics.

The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled veterans and members of the armed forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels. Through the grant, USRowing will be partnering with VA rehabilitation hospitals and USRowing member organizations in six cities across the United States including Denver, Raleigh/Durham (N.C.), Oklahoma City, Palo Alto/Los Gatos (Calif.), San Diego, and Detroit.

The primary goals of the program include:

  • Increasing the number of disabled veterans participating and competing in adaptive and para-rowing;
  • Providing expert training and technical assistance in adaptive rowing to VA adaptive sports program managers, community rowing coaches and instructors, and VA recreational therapists; and
  • Providing outreach coordination, Paralympic classification of athletes, FISA-certified training of classifiers, adaptive rowing program development, adaptive rowing equipment, evaluation, and other activities related to the implementation and operation of the program.

USRowing’s VA hospital partners include the VA Medical Center (117) – Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, Palo Alto Health Care System, VA San Diego Health Care System, and John D. Dingell VA Medical Center. The hospitals will be working with six USRowing member organizations – Longmont Sculling Club, Raleigh Rowing Center, OKC Riversport, Los Gatos Rowing Club, San Diego Rowing Club, and Detroit Boat Club.

In addition to the six-city program, USRowing will be conducting outreach efforts at other VA hospitals and through Valor Games, Gateway for Gold and Wounded Warrior events throughout the country.

For more information on Freedom Rows, please contact Debbie Arenberg at at USRowing by calling (207) 850-0211 or emailing her here.