Boston-based Olympic and Paralympic rowing aspirants are primarily funded by individuals like you. During most of the quadrennial they received relatively little support from US Rowing or the National Rowing Foundation which are focused on the larger boats coming out of the National Training Center in Princeton. While athletes may receive a small stipend from the USOC, it’s usually not enough to even cover rent, never mind food, travel and training expenses.
This rowing year, from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, the Boston Rowing Federation has provided support to three athletes in the lightweight women’s double selection pool to enable them to travel to and compete at two World Cups this summer. (USRowing funds only one double, for one World Cup). The BRF provided funding for the athletes to extend their training trip, provide coaching, rent equipment, and gain invaluable international racing experience. Following the racing, Mary Jones Nabel will be competing in the lightweight women’s double in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (with Potomac’s Emily Schmieg). The other two BRF athletes, Christine Cavallo and Hillary Saeger will be competing in the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls, with additional support from the BRF(the lightweight double is funded by USRowing). We are also providing funding for Adrienne Martelli, a two time US Olympian who is coaching the PR3 women’s pair in Plovdiv. In addition, we are helping Gevvie Stone, the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Women’s Single launch her comeback, as she targets selection in 2019, and the Tokyo Olympics podium in 2020. Finally, Matt O’Leary is targeting the lightweight men’s double in 2019, after a fourth place finish in the open single at the US Trials. As we look to increase the number of athletes, add coaching support and continue funding World Cup travel and racing expenses, we expect to spend as much as $15,000 per athlete. To make this possible, we need your help and support.
Contributions are 100% tax deductible and are being managed for BRF by its fiscal agent, Community Rowing Inc.
BRF’s broader year-round mission includes not just fundraising, but also finding jobs, housing and training resources for Olympic and Paralympic class athletes, enabling bona fide medal contenders to continue training over several Olympic cycles, like their international competitors.
Andrew Campbell, Jr., who raced in the lightweight men’s double in Rio, writes “The BRF is critical to our mission. Having a full time coach and three other athletes to train with made a tremendous difference when you are shooting for the highest levels of performance. The ability to start a career while still competing has allowed me to extend my time as an elite rower. This is the strongest and most organized push to produce an A-Final US men’s lightweight double in recent memory.”
To make a gift to the Boston Rowing Foundation, please click “Donate Now” to head to the CRI Giving Commons page. BE SURE TO NOTE “BRF” IN THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS BOX. If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to Community Rowing Inc., (Attn: Ted Benford Executive Director), 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA 02135. Again, be sure to note “BRF” in the memo line of the check