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. Since their strong performances in the World Championships last year, both our lightweight men’s double and women’s single have received modest stipends, health insurance and some training expenses from the USOC. Despite her silver medal finish last year, Jenny Sichel of the LTA 4+ receives no help at all.
This rowing year, from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, the Boston Rowing Federation plans to raise $150,000 to support four athletes over the course of the year with travel funds, coaching, entry fees and equipment. The summer will culminate at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio, where we are hopeful for podium finishes. We also hope to retain enough funds after Rio to be able to support athletes who begin to set their sights on Tokyo.
As of the end of July, we have received pledges and gifts of $88,000. We would greatly appreciate any financial contribution you can make towards our $150,000 goal. 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 will race 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 makes 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: Bruce Smith Executive Director), 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA 02135. Again, be sure to note “BRF” in the memo line of the check