USRowing Selects Los Angeles as the 2019/2020 Erg Ed Grant Recipient

SEATTLE, Wash. – The George Pocock Rowing Foundation and USRowing are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Erg Ed Grant Award. Erg Ed, the school-based indoor rowing program of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, will be expanding to the Los Angeles area with a partnership between RowLA, and various middle and high schools within the Los Angeles Unified and Lennox School Districts. This grant will provide indoor rowing equipment, an indoor rowing school curriculum, program support, and comprehensive teacher training throughout the next five years.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, expanding the program to Los Angeles this fall,” said Patrick McNerney, USRowing Chief Executive Officer. “Through our partnership over the past four school years, we have been able to introduce the sport to thousands of kids with diverse backgrounds, promoting an active lifestyle and having a positive impact on their lives. With the Olympic Games coming back to LA in 2028, Erg Ed provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase our sport to a whole new generation of local students, building awareness for our sport and maybe even inspiring a future Olympian.”

Michelle Nilsson, the Executive Director of Row LA, expresses her enthusiasm for bringing the Erg Ed program to her community, “RowLA is so excited to be partnering with the George Pocock Rowing Foundation and USRowing to bring the Erg Ed curriculum to local schools in Los Angeles. Over the past few years, RowLA has taken ergs into local middle and high schools, teaching students about rowing, but the Erg Ed grant allows us to reach exponentially more kids and get them acquainted with and enthusiastic about participating in the sport of rowing. The grant also provides Physical Education teachers with specialized training and support. Rowing is a sport that should be accessible to everyone regardless of finances, physical challenges, or other barriers and this program helps build those bridges to access.”

With the 2028 Olympic Games coming to the LA area, Matt Lacey, Executive Director of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation speaks of the potential impact of selecting this particular location: "Establishing the Erg Ed program in LA is a big, important step for everyone involved. Putting rowing in front of kids throughout the Los Angeles public school system creates a scenario where one of those kids will capture the magic present in this sport, find themselves rowing, crush it, and end up competing for the US during the LA Games in 2028. That door is now open because of US Rowing, RowLA, the participating public schools within the LA School Districts and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation."

Launched in 2010 as part of Seattle Public Schools’ physical education curriculum, the Pocock Foundation’s Erg Ed program brings rowing into schools. The program uses rowing to teach teamwork, exercise intensity and goal setting in a fun, highly engaging, five-day core curriculum. Erg Ed is introducing thousands of students to the sport of rowing every year across eight states and 13 public school districts.

The George Pocock Rowing Foundation is a non-profit based in Seattle, Wash. 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.

For questions about USRowing, please contact Brett Johnson, Senior Director, Programs & Communications, at (609) 751-0707 or brett.johnson@usrowing.org.

For questions about Erg Ed and the GPRF, please contact Heather Alschuler, National Program Director, George Pocock Rowing Foundation, at (425) 918-0900 or heather@pocockfoundation.org.

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