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05.03.2017 /// by Guest Writer /// Erg Ed

USRowing and George Pocock Rowing Foundation Announce New Erg Ed Grant Opportunity – Now Accepting Applications

A Press Release from the George Pocock Rowing Foundation

Seattle, WA – Matthew Lacey, Executive Director of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with USRowing, the national governing body of the sport of rowing, to expand Erg Ed to two select public school districts in 2017-2018. Erg Ed introduces students to the sport of rowing, while connecting students to opportunities for on-the-water rowing at their own neighborhood boathouse.

Selected school districts will receive 20 new Concept2 indoor rowing machines, Erg Ed Teacher Training, nationally recognized Erg Ed Curriculum, in-class teaching materials and remote support from Pocock Foundation staff throughout the academic year. Participating Erg Ed teachers also will receive access to a suite of online teaching resources, including the Erg Ed online classroom.

Applications are due Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PST, with selection taking place by Friday, June 23, 2017. An application orientation session will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PST. Register for the Erg Ed Grant Orientation. For more information regarding the application process and to complete the application form, please click here.

USRowing Acting CEO, Susan Smith, shares her own enthusiasm for expanding the sport: “We are thrilled to renew our partnership with the George Pocock Rowing Foundation and advance our shared efforts to introduce the sport we all love to another generation of athletes in a way that’s fun and engaging for all.”

“The Erg Ed program is an exciting way for youth to learn something new and experience the teamwork that is synonymous with rowing” said Matthew Lacey, Executive Director of the Pocock Foundation. “The program is great for kids and builds pathways to continued participation in the community. It’s a win for everyone involved.”

The Erg Ed program was launched by the Pocock Foundation in 2010 as an integrated component of Seattle Public Schools’ “Five for Life” physical education curriculum.

In 2015, USRowing partnered with the Pocock Foundation to expand the program to Shelby County Schools, Allentown Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools and Portland Public Schools, and now the program runs in seven school districts across five states. Last year, more than 9,000 students completed Erg Ed, learning basic rowing skills and exploring concepts like teamwork, exercise intensity and goal-setting.

Aubrey Fitzpatrick, Erg Ed Program Manager, explains, “Rowing in a physical education class is an experience not every student has access to and our partnership with USRowing is making this more and more possible. In Erg Ed, students experience what it’s like to learn something new, challenge themselves, and work with others, all foundational elements of the sport of rowing that have a real impact on individuals and communities.”


Through building and supporting rowing programs and facilities, the Pocock Foundation promotes access to rowing, excellence in rowing, and uses rowing as a means to foster physical activity, health, leadership, and community engagement. Since its inception in 1984, the Pocock Foundation has played a role in the development of the Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, Pocock Rowing Center, Renton Rowing Center (new in 2014) along with other facilities in Lake Sammamish, Portland and Vancouver, Wash. The Pocock Foundation has been involved in bringing the region together to compete through events like Row for the Cure and NW Ergomania! and to learn through the Kossev Consortium. Since 1994, the Pocock Foundation has enjoyed a rich history of working with successful outreach programs, including the Lakeside Education Enrichment Program (LEEP), Girls Row and Row to the Future—its most recent and largest initiative. Row to the Future’s model, unique among urban sports, leverages school and community partnerships to create an innovative network of youth program opportunities—improving access to participation and empowering students to make healthier lifestyle choices now and in the future.


USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 85,000 individual members and 1,350 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners.

For questions about USRowing, please contact Brett Johnson, Director of Operations

(609) 751-0707

For questions about the grant application and process, please contact Aubrey Fitzpatrick, Erg Ed Program Manager, George Pocock Rowing Foundation

(206) 508-5537


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