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“As the first black high school rowing team, we thought we were going to change the sport, just like Jackie Robinson changed baseball….but instead, the sport changed us. Rowing gave us a purpose and gave us each other. It saved my life…”

- Arshay Cooper


A Most Beautiful Thing, a film that chronicles the first African American public high school rowing team in this country, premieres on July 31st! 


We, at the George Pocock Rowing Foundation believe that rowing transforms lives. The GPRF has set up A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund to benefit projects that promote growth in the sport of rowing through youth participation, particularly in non-traditional rowing communities and communities of color where youth face barriers to participation.

Would you like to help us transform the lives of more youth? By donating to A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund, your contribution assists our youth development initiative, changing lives through the sport of rowing. 






About The Film

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 or read the latest news article on Arshay from the Wall Street Journal. A Most Beautiful Thing by Arshay Cooper (the book) was released on June 30th and can be ordered from Arshay's Website.

Up to 50% of the film's profits will go to A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund so that every youth has the opportunity to row and reach their full potential with no barriers.




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