Following a 12-day voting period on Facebook, USRowing’s America Rows Program was one of six grand prize winners of the inaugural Team USA Grants.
America Rows and the other grand prize winners will receive $12,000 grants, which are intended to assist programs within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family that aim to improve sustained competitive excellence, instill the Olympic Values and grow sport participation in the U.S.
“We are really excited at the response from the community to the Team USA Grants competition,” said USRowing Chief Executive Officer Glenn Merry. “I think it demonstrates that rowing is ready to address and support the issues around inclusion and access to rowing in America. America Rows is an important strategic initiative for our organization.”
America Rows is USRowing’s nationwide diversity and inclusion initiative aimed at increasing awareness of rowing and introducing the sport to a diverse group of Americans. The program hopes to increase the number of Hispanic and Latino Americans, African-Americans and Asian-Americans who participate in rowing, as well as increase the participation of the physically disabled. The Team USA Grant will allow USRowing to provide mini grants to America Rows affiliates across the country.
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