Rainier Valley Rowing
Rainier Valley Rowing is entering its second year! The partnership between the PRF, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and the Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center is designed to bring the sport of rowing to South Seattle high school students by eliminating barriers to access. Based on 14 years of program feedback that Seattle lacks ongoing rowing opportunities for our neighbors that don’t fit into the traditional junior model used in the U.S., and coupled with new evidence that childhood health is largely connected to family income, race and zipcode, it is imperative that our community create ways that rowing – a lifetime sport, and an iconic one for Seattle - can be made available to all of Seattle’s young people.

Rainier Valley Rowing is a bridge program for the traditional junior Learn-to-Row model. It is a true partnership program, joining the strengths of the Pocock Foundation, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Mt. Baker Boating Advisory Council. In addition to teaching participants to row, instructors will provide strong mentorship, advocacy, and assistance for helping students to overcome some of the most common barriers to participation. Tactics for eliminating barriers will include:

  • In-school recruiting and parent/guardian informational nights
  • Partnership with local pool for swimming instruction and water comfort and safety lessons
  • Healthy living guest speaker series by community leaders on topics such as: nutrition, sports medicine, yoga, positive visualization, etc.
  • Subsidized costs. Program fee is only $50 for the year, and scholarships are available
  • Healthy after-school snacks
  • Transportation assistance
  • All regatta fees and travel expenses are covered
  • Transference planning and collaboration with varsity coaches
  • Varsity scholarship fund to assist RVR graduates with ongoing fees and expenses
  • On-going mentorship and assistant coaching opportunities for qualified program graduates

The end goal for participants is increased opportunities and overall health through their experiences in rowing, participation in a positive peer community, and the development of healthy relationships with their bodies. Additionally, by the end of the school year, participants will have all the skills necessary to continue on as a varsity rower throughout the remainder of high school and beyond if they desire. To ensure continued access to crew, the Boating Advisory Council at Mt. Baker has made significant scholarship money available to qualifying participants for on-going participation.

To learn more about this program, click here: http://www.RainierValleyRowing.org