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Here's the latest information to share with rowers to see if they would like to participate in the inaugural US Rowing Diversity Invitational being held and hosted here in Rochester.
We are working hard with US Rowing to put this historic regatta on - it is potentially a really big deal in that US Rowing is backing this and talking about helping to grow it year on year on year and having it in Rochester each year.
 

Richard Butler, US Rowing’s Inclusion Manager states:

BE PART OF HISTORY. ROW AND GROW.
“The US Rowing Diversity Invitational was created to showcase the diverse richness of US Rowing's athletes. These adult and youth athletes will represent the physical, racial, ethnic and economically underrepresented populations who embody a low percentage of US Rowing memberships. All crews that row culturally diverse boats are welcome to participate. No crews will be turned away.”
Richard Butler, US Rowing’s Inclusion Manager

We would like to encourage Fairport Crew to put together some entries for this regatta (see regatta central for events - there are no fees) and support the US Rowing effort to address the membership ratio that is made up of only 2% people of color (visit America Rows - on the US Rowing website).
 
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US Rowing Diversity Invitational

 (PRINCETON, NJ --) On June 9, 2011, US Rowing, the official sanctioning body for the sport in the nation, announced that the US Rowing Diversity Invitational  will be held on the historic Genesee River on Saturday, July 30 in Rochester, New York, hosted by Cross Currents Minority Rowing.  Sponsored by MVP Health Care and the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, the event features competition among USRowing's many community outreach and America Rows Affiliate programs.

Launched in February 2010, America Rows, a nationwide diversity and inclusion initiative, is aimed at increasing awareness of rowing and introducing the sport to a diverse group of Americans. The initiative will provide support, both organizationally and financially, to existing and planned programs across the country.

According to Richard Butler, US Rowing’s Inclusion Manager, “The US Rowing Diversity Invitational was created to showcase the diverse richness of US Rowing's athletes. These adult and youth athletes will represent the physical, racial, ethnic and economically underrepresented populations who embody a low percentage of US Rowing memberships. All crews that row culturally diverse boats are welcome to participate. No crews will be turned away.”

 

Cross Currents Minority Rowing was successfully launched in Rochester, New York to provide minority residents with the opportunity to participate in water-related activities, focused on rowing. Rochester has an active and growing rowing community and this first-of-its-kind program in upstate New York, and quite possibly New York State, provides minorities with the equipment, resources and training to fully participate in this non-traditional, under-represented sport.

 

With the 2012 Olympics on the horizon, this ground breaking and historic event represents a significant breakthrough in the sport, and is expected to continue annually in the city that was home to internationally known civil rights activists, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

 

The planning committee includes representatives from America Rows, the University of Rochester, Rochester-area rowing organizations, the City of Rochester and Rochester City School District. Approximately seven rowing clubs from across the nation, as well as several Rochester-area clubs are expected to participate.

The race site is located in Genesee Valley Park at the Genesee Waterways Center. The site affords excellent viewing from both sides of the banks, as well as from the footbridge, promising an exciting day of racing for all.

 

http://www.usrowing.org/Events/DiversityInvitational.aspx

 

Contact:

Cross Currents Minority Rowing: Lydia Boddie-Rice, Founder, 585.244.2263,  lydbod@gmail.com

 

USRowin: Richard T. Butler, Inclusion Manager, 412-498-9017; 609-751-6284, richard@usrowing.org

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FAST FACTS

 

Title Sponsor:                 US Rowing

 

Founding Sponsor:          MVP Health Care

 

Principal Sponsor:           Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation

 

Supporting Sponsors:       Regatta Central

                                      Bergmann Associates

                                      Christopher Communications

                                      CI Photo

                                      Eastman Kodak Company

                                      Minority Reporter Media Group

Partners:                         Baden Street Settlement, Inc.

                                      Brighton Rowing Club

                                      City of Rochester Recreation and Youth Services

                                      Corn Hill Navigation

                                      Fairport Crew

                                      Genesee Waterways Center

                                      Genesee Rowing Club

                                      Naiades Oncology Rowing

                                      Pittsford Indoor Rowing Center

                                      Pittsford Crew

                                      Rochester City School District, Department of Health, Physical                                                      Education & Athletics

                                       Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing, Inc.

                                      University of Rochester

                                      UROW

Origin of Rowing Clubs Expected to Participate:     Austin, Texas

                                                                             Baltimore, Maryland

                                                                             Boston, Massachusetts

                                                                             Lawrence, Massachusetts

                                                                             New Bedford, Massachusetts

                                                                             Saginaw, Michigan

                                                                             Rochester, New York

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011

 

Teams arrive throughout the day

 

Press Conference, 10am

Genesee Waterways Center

Directions: http://geneseewaterways.org/rowing_directions.htm

 

·        Welcome from the City of Rochester

·        Thanks, remarks from US Rowing

·        Thanks, remarks from Cross Currents Minority Rowing

·        Event Sponsors and CC Program sponsors recognition

·        Short remarks from Gov Cuomo rep, David Seeley

·        Introduction and “Christening” of the Rochester Cup and MVP trophy by members of Cross Currents in the waters of the historic Genesee River

 

NOON-3 pm: U of R and RIT campus tours

 

3:30-5:30 pm: Guest and community coaching clinics, indoor erg and rowing practices.

Pittsford Indoor Rowing Center

Directions: http://www.pittsfordindoorrowingcenter.org/directions.php

 

6:30 - 9 pm: Community welcome event aboard the Mary Jemison. Pasta dinner, music, historic guest appearances.  Pick up at the Staybridge Suites dock, 1000 Genesee Street

 

Limit 45 passengers, reservations requested.  RSVP Lydia Boddie-Rice, lydbod@gmail.com

 

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2011

 

7:00 – 8:30am:       Pancake breakfast for competitors and invited guests hosted by Genesee                              Waterways Center

 

10:00 am:              Racing Schedule:

 

Categories: singles, doubles, quads, 4+'s & 8+'s, boys & girls, men & women Masters and mixed; open competitive

 

Range of participants-campers to experienced

Groupings will be made among youth and adults, by boats depending on sign-up.

Length of course -- 2K Race

 

1:00 pm: Matched, multiple sprint races organized in heats (500 Meters- 2-4 boats across; winners and losers brackets).

 

@3:00 (or at the conclusion of the final event):

Presentation of Rochester Cup and MVP Trophies

WHO WE ARE

Cross Currents Minority Rowing est. 2006

www.ccminorityrowing.com

 

In June 2006, Cross Currents Minority Rowing was successfully launched in Rochester, New York to provide minority residents with the opportunity to participate in water-related activities, focused on rowing. Rochester has an active and growing rowing community and this first-of-its-kind program in upstate New York, and quite possibly New York State, provides minorities with the equipment, resources and training to fully participate in this non-traditional, under-represented sport.

 

Cross Currents Minority Rowing and the formation of adult rowing teams, has provided a viable year-round model that promotes and engages minority youth, young adults (collegiate and post collegiate), and mature adults in the greater Rochester area. With an overall goal of fostering awareness and increasing involvement, participants representing a cross section of professions, ethnic and economic backgrounds, have received training, are in the process of receiving training, or are active in other productive ways. Fitness, nutrition, and overall health fundamentals are incorporated into the training program.

 

Primarily managed by volunteers, Cross Currents seeks to expand its program, improve existing facilities and equipment inventory, increase youth participation, and ensure access to the sport of rowing and water-related activities in general. Efforts are under way to recruit, mentor, transport, train and consistently engage urban youth in water-related activities, and ultimately to prepare a city-wide team for participation in racing. In 2010, Cross Currents Minority Rowing was endorsed by US Rowing's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative as America Rows Rochester, and is training to participate in the Head of the Charles as one of the first collective minority entrants in this prestigious race.

 

America Rows

www.usrowing.org/domesticrowing/AmericaRows

 

America Rows is a nationwide diversity and inclusion initiative launched by US Rowing in 2009, aimed at increasing awareness of rowing and introducing the sport of rowing to a diverse group of Americans, specifically the under served urban youth who may not have the opportunity to participate in rowing. America Rows Affiliate programs across the nation will unite to showcase their diversity, inclusion and community outreach programs and to compete. Inspired by Richard T. Butler, Inclusion Manager, US Rowing, America Rows programs have become the unifying signature for outreach. Currently, there are 33 affiliate organizations nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR COMPETITORS

 

Register at https://www.regattacentral.com/regattas/

Race Site: Genesee Waterways Center 149 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611

http://geneseewaterways.org/rowing_directions.htm

The site has ample parking for both trailers and vehicles.  For more information about the site and facilities, call: (585) 328-3960

 

Accommodations:      (please reserve by July 14, 2011)

 

Staybridge Suites

 

Ten (10) rooms reserved under the name: America Rows Diversity Regatta.

Here is our e-booking tool that participants can use to make their own reservations right on line.

AMERICAN ROWS DIVERSITY REGATTA

 

Joanne Giuseppetti

Director of Sales

Staybridge Suites-Rochester University Hotel

1000 Genesee Street

Rochester NY 14611

585-613-3400 office direct

Joanne.Giuseppetti@IHG.com

585-527-9110 hotel

585-436-0346 fax

www.staybridge.com/rochesteruniv

 

Click Here To See PROMO VIDEO of Hotel

 

Friend us at:
www.Facebook.com/Staybridge.RochesterUniversity

 

University of Rochester Dorms (Tiernan Hall)

 

Please contact Will Greene <shelbycookie@yahoo.com>

$21 per person double occupancy

$28 per person single occupancy

No linens or pillows provided.

 

30 rooms reserved for regatta participants (singles and doubles). You must reserve at least two weeks in advance of the race date.

 

Directions and information on parking will be provided directly to those making reservations.

 

Rochester Plaza Hotel

 

Call 585-546-3450 or 1-866-826-2831 to request rooms reserved under the group name Diversity Invitational.

Standard king guest rooms available Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at $85.00 room rate plus tax.

 

Colleen M. Coogan Director of Sales and Catering

Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

70 State Street, Rochester, New York 14614

Hotel Phone - (585) 546-3450

Direct Phone - (585) 324-0031
Hotel Fax - (585) 546-8714
Email - ccoogan@rochesterplaza.com


Please visit our website and become a fan on our Facebook! www.rochesterplaza.com

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Cross Currents Minority Rowing www.ccminorityrowing.com

 

Lydia Boddie-Rice 585.244.2263 lydbod@gmail.com

Oscar Pedroso 585.730.1413 oscar.oscar@gmail.com

 

Cross Currents Minority Rowing Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_124429590580

 

US Rowing Diversity Invitational

 

Richard T. Butler, Inclusion Manager, US Rowing www.usrowing.com

richard@usrowing.org

http://www.usrowing.org/Events/DiversityInvitational.aspx

 

Genesee Waterways Center www.geneseewaterways.org

 

Cindy Stachowski, Executive Director 585.328.3960

geneseewaterways@gmail.com

Mailing Address: PO Box 18607 Rochester, NY 14618

Race Site Address: 149 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611

 

Places of Interest:

 

1.     Susan B. Anthony House:           http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php

2.     Frederick Douglass Resource Center:  http://frederickdouglassrc.com/contact.asp

3.     University of Rochester:  http://www.rochester.edu/;                                                                                   http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/

4.     Rochester Institute of Technology:     http://www.rit.edu/

5.     http://www.visitrochester.com/

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