Press Release USRowing Erg Ed Grant Application Open

Seattle, WA – The George Pocock Rowing Foundation and USRowing are excited to announce the 2019-2020 grant competition for Erg EdⓇ, the leading indoor rowing curriculum. Erg Ed introduces students to the sport of rowing by bringing indoor rowing machines into their Physical Education classes and connecting students to opportunities for on water rowing at their neighborhood boathouse.

Important Deadlines

Applications are due April 8th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST, with selection taking place by June 3, 2019. A grant orientation session will be held on March 4th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Register for the Erg Ed Grant Orientation. For more information regarding the application process and to complete the application form, please visit our website.

School districts selected for the USRowing Erg Ed grant 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 will also receive access to a suite of online teaching resources, including the Erg Ed online classroom.

“Erg Ed is the most amazing tool we have in the rowing community to ensure that our sport is growing and becoming more inclusive at the same time,” shares Matt Lacey, Executive Director of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation. “Our future as a rowing community lies in celebrating hands on handles, whether that’s in a boat or on a rowing machine. Erg Ed provides a path that not only raises awareness of rowing, but also allows thousands of kids across the country to proudly say, ‘I’m a rower’. This program should be in every public school system in the US.”

USRowing CEO, Patrick McNerney, shares his enthusiasm for the continued growth of Erg Ed, “We are excited to be starting year five of our partnership with the Pocock Rowing Foundation to bring Erg Ed to communities across the country. During the first four years of the partnership, we have introduced the sport of rowing and its values to tens of thousands of middle school and high school kids with diverse backgrounds. Erg Ed promotes an active lifestyle and continues to have a positive impact on kids. We look forward to having an even bigger impact this year.”

The Erg Ed program was originally 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 and in part because of that partnership, Erg Ed been able to expand to twelve different school districts across the nation. Since 2010 more than 120,000 students have learned about rowing through Erg Ed.


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 brett@usrowing.org

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

(425) 918-0900 heather@pocockfoundation.org

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