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About Row to the Future

We connect youth to rowing.

The Pocock Foundation has a rich history of working with successful outreach programs, including the Lakeside Education Enrichment Program (LEEP), Girls Row and Row to the Future (RttF)–its most recent and largest youth development initiative. Launched in 2010, RttF is the largest youth rowing collaborative in the country. RttF’s model, unique among urban sports, leverages school and community partnerships to create an innovative network of youth program opportunities thereby improving access to participation and empowering students to challenge their potential on and off the water. Through RttF’s network, Seattle’s urban youth gain:

  • Skills to support lifelong fitness and improved health
  • Communication, teamwork, and leadership skills
  • Connections with caring mentors who are focused on students’ holistic success
  • Connection to their community and urban environment through appreciation of and access to natural resources
  • Connections with post-secondary educational opportunities, such as field trips to the University of Washington

Two Foundational Programs

Rainier Valley Rowing (RVR) removes barriers to participation in youth rowing. RVR students receive comprehensive support, including scholarships for registration and regatta fees, training gear, and swimming instruction, so they can fully participate their neighborhood boathouse. RVR operates in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, Mt. Baker Boating Advisory Council, and Pocock Rowing Center.

Erg Ed, school-based indoor rowing education, introduces rowing to thousands of students each year as part of P.E. Many P.E. teachers are not experienced rowers – that’s ok! After completing Erg Ed Teacher Training, P.E. teachers are ready to teach their students the basics of rowing through five core lessons and utilize dozens of additional lessons through Erg Ed’s Row On curriculum.

Out-of-School and Summer Programs

Erg Ed Field Trips and Mini Camps
Students get to learn more about the sport through class field trips to UW’s Conibear Shellhouse and low-cost after school rowing camps specifically designed for Erg Ed students.

Summer Camp
Summer camp brings RVR students together for a week of rowing at no cost. In addition to working with coaches to improve technique and fitness, students participate in daily personal development activities.

“My earnest desire is that the quality of the community-oriented rowing projects that we envision will be known for generations to come.” Stanley Richard Pocock

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