ORC Helping Rosemont Youth Learn To Row
In an effort to promote and diversify the sport of rowing, the Orlando Rowing Club’s (ORC) RowOrlando program has donated $2,000 to provide 10 low-income, middle school youth from the Rosemont community with full scholarships to participate in Edgewater High School Crew’s Junior Eagles rowing program this fall.
Junior Eagles introduces middle school students to the sport of rowing. The fall program, which meets at the Edgewater Crew boathouse on Lake Fairview in Orlando, runs from September 17 through November 19. This new partnership will allow the Rosemont students, who are zoned for Edgewater High School, to learn to row alongside current and future classmates. Edgewater Crew staff will coach, and The City of Orlando’s Rosemont Community Center staff will assist with transportation, coordination and supervision.
ORC launched RowOrlando in 2015 to promote access for children from under-served communities. “Rowing is an expensive sport, and most teams are self-funded,” explains RowOrlando founder, Johnny Hood. “As a club we have been volunteering with Rosemont Community Center for three seasons now to teach their middle school youth to row. With the new Edgewater Junior Eagles connection, we see a real synergy that we believe will enhance the program and increase its impact.”
“We’re excited about this new partnership,” said ORC president, Harry Robinson. “Rowing is a lifelong sport that not only promotes fitness but also fosters important life skills like leadership and perseverance.” ORC Vice President Roseann Latta agrees. “I love that we can make the sport we all love available to kids who otherwise might never have a chance to experience it. One of the best things about rowing is that dedication and hard work, not talent, is the number one factor for success.”
Hood believes that working through Junior Eagles will provide a stepping stone to high school and beyond for the Rosemont youth participants.“We’re now providing them with a direct connection to Edgewater High School Crew,” explained Hood. “In addition, rowing is the oldest collegiate sport, and there are numerous college scholarships awarded each year. I hope we can open the door to a whole new world of opportunities for these kids.”
Founded in 1968, Orlando Rowing Club (ORC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the sports of rowing and paddling to the Central Florida community. The club offers competitive and recreational rowing at all levels as well as learn-to-row programs, dragon boating, and team-building events.by