What's New In 2018? It Starts With Youth.

Happy New Year to you!

We are excited for the year ahead and eager to share a few things we can all look forward to in 2018. To honor the legacy of George and Stan Pocock and their belief that rowing has the capacity to transform lives, the Pocock Foundation continues to hold a broad vision for expanding rowing across the Pacific Northwest. By investing in coach education, boathouse development, and resources for youth, every young person who wants to row will be able to do so, regardless of circumstance. With your support in 2018, the Pocock Foundation will…

INCREASE CAPACITY TO SERVE As programs expand, so must our staff team! We hired a new Director of Outreach, Aubrey Fitzpatrick, and created a new position focused on mobilization and engagement in the community. These staff positions strengthen the network of support available for current youth rowers and create capacity to reach out to the next generation. Connect with Aubrey to share your ideas or simply say hello!

REACH 12,000 YOUTH THROUGH ERG ED We are focusing on Erg Ed growth locally and nationally to bring more kids to the sport. Through the USRowing Erg Ed Grant, Ann Arbor Public Schools (Ann Arbor, MI) and one other soon-to-be announced city will have Erg Ed up and running by the end of the year. During the 2016-2017 academic year, 11,361 students participated in Erg Ed across seven states and 45 different schools. Do you want to bring Erg Ed to your school district? Reach out for more information about funding opportunities in 2018-2019.

WELCOME A NEW YOUTH TEAM TO THE WATER With donated equipment from the Pocock Foundation, North Shore School District’s (Kenmore, WA) inaugural rowing team was formed in the fall of 2017. More than 50 high school students joined the team!  Watch for Inglemoor High School’s rowing team on the water at 2018 spring regattas.

AWARD GRANTS For the first time ever, we are making resources available to fund your ideas and increase rowing opportunities in your neighborhood. Subscribe to the Pocock Foundation newsletter to stay informed on this and other funding opportunities.

LAUNCH AFTER SCHOOL ROWING CLUB Stay tuned for more information about our first after school rowing club for middle school students, which will launch in the fall of 2018. This new program will be focused on community connections in rowing and swimming.

PROVIDE NEED-BASED SUPPORT The Pocock Foundation will award more than 100 need-based youth rowing scholarships in 2018. If you know a young person who wants to row at any of the following boathouses and needs financial support in order to make it happen, reach out to Delany Pelz. Partner boathouses: Green Lake Small Craft Center, Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, Pocock Rowing Center, Renton Rowing Center, and Olympia Area Rowing.

We look forward to joining forces with you and the broader the rowing community to serve more youth than ever before in 2018. If you would like to learn more about the Pocock Foundation’s 2018 strategic goals or get involved at the programs or committee level, please connect with Executive Director, Matthew Lacey. Thank you for being part of this great movement and mission to get more kids involved in rowing!

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