a most beautiful thing

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Narrated by Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist Common. Executive Produced by Common, NBA Stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade, and Grammy-winning producer, 9th Wonder. Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker (and Olympic rower) Mary Mazzio. Featuring original music by femdot., Reuben Vincent, King Draft and Swank; Ian Kelly, GQ, and other hip-hop artists, with beats by E.Jones. A Most Beautiful Thing chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, all coming together to row in the same boat). For more information, please visit AMostBeautifulThing.com


For more information read the latest news article on Arshay from the Wall Street Journal

  • June 30th: A Most Beautiful Thing by Arshay Cooper (book) is released - pre-order your book from Arshay's Website

  • July 17th: A Most Beautiful Thing (movie) is released into select theaters

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Programs of the GPRF

The George Pocock Rowing Foundation (GPRF) works to help youth FIND, START, and STAY Rowing. This means we…

  • FIND: Create awareness that the sport of rowing is an option and invite youth from non-traditional rowing communities to participate. 

  • START: Help youth overcome barriers to participation in the sport of rowing, so they can get on to the water.

  • STAY: Keep rowers on the water to realize their fullest potential by creating for forming partnerships and cohorts that work together to forever change and improve boathouse culture to be inclusive, innovative and intentional. 

Row to the Future is the GPRF’s youth development initiative. With currently over 25,000 youth participating annually, the Pocock Foundation is partnered with dozens of boathouses and public school districts with one goal in mind: helping more youth find, start and stay rowing, regardless of circumstance. 

Thank you for making Row to the Future the largest youth rowing outreach effort in the country!