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George Pocock Rowing Foundation partners with rowing industry world leaders HUDSON and Concept2 to provide equipment to underserved youth rowing programs through A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund
In partnership with HUDSON and Concept2, the George Pocock Rowing Foundation is proud to announce a unified vision to support the expansion of youth rowing in underserved communities.
SEATTLE - September 18, 2020 - The George Pocock Rowing Foundation (GPRF) has announced official partnerships with global leaders in the rowing equipment industry: HUDSON and Concept2, Inc. The support from these companies will assist the foundation’s new fund, A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund, which aims to promote accessibility and inclusion at rowing programs across the United States. A Most Beautiful Thing is a documentary film, narrated by Common, written and directed by Olympian Mary Mazzio, and based on the memoir by Arshay Cooper. Cooper is a rower, Benjamin Franklin award-winning author, Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, and activist focused on the issues of accessibility for low-income families.
HUDSON has been manufacturing Olympic class rowing boats in London, Canada, since 1981. Athlete-focused and technology-driven, HUDSON sets the pace and creates lasting change through the sport of rowing.
Founded in 1976 by rowers Peter and Dick Dreissigacker, Concept2 designs, manufactures, and sells oars for on-water rowing, as well as the RowErgs, the SkiErgs, and the BikeErgs for indoor training.
As part of their collaboration, HUDSON and Concept2 are inviting other corporate industry leaders to support the A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund. The fund will provide scholarships, education, and mentorship programs, to get more kids on the water in non-traditional rowing communities and communities of color where youth face barriers to participation in the sport.
Representing the alliance is Dan Walsh, an Olympic Rowing Medallist, A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund Committee Member, and Partnership Liaison for HUDSON and Concept2.
As industry leaders, HUDSON and Concept2 affirm that racism, discrimination, inequality, and social injustice have no place in the sport of rowing, our communities, and society as a whole. The companies recognize the need to remove inclusion barriers and create opportunities for lasting change. As proud supporters of the work of Arshay Cooper, and united with the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, these companies are committed to putting their words into action. “We want to enable and amplify Arshay’s vision, and the mission of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation to support, coach, and mentor under-resourced athletes,” said HUDSON Commercial Manager, Craig McAllister. “As global leaders in rowing equipment, we want to level the playing field for these young, up-and-coming programs.” HUDSON and Concept2 will provide generous in-kind donations of world-class rowing boats, oars, and ergometers. These contributions will allow programs with limited resources to reallocate funds to operations and coaching, lowering barriers for inclusion in the sport.
Judy Geer, Concept2 Co-Owner shared, “We are excited to support the establishment and growth of more programs, in more locations across the US, that will bring the experience of rowing to more communities of color. As Arshay eloquently describes, and as we know from our own experiences, rowing gives us so much more than just sport—teamwork, camaraderie, confidence, and connections—and this needs to be available to everyone regardless of color, regardless of resources.”