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).
HERE IS MORE INFO
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
Cross Currents Minority Rowing: Lydia Boddie-Rice, Founder, 585.244.2263, firstname.lastname@example.org
USRowin: Richard T. Butler, Inclusion Manager, 412-498-9017; 609-751-6284, email@example.com
Title Sponsor: US Rowing
Founding Sponsor: MVP Health Care
Principal Sponsor: Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation
Supporting Sponsors: Regatta Central
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
Genesee Waterways Center
Genesee Rowing Club
Naiades Oncology Rowing
Pittsford Indoor Rowing Center
Rochester City School District, Department of Health, Physical Education & Athletics
Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing, Inc.
University of Rochester
Origin of Rowing Clubs Expected to Participate: Austin, Texas
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Rochester, New York
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011
Teams arrive throughout the day
Press Conference, 10am
Genesee Waterways Center
· 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
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
Director of Sales
Staybridge Suites-Rochester University Hotel
1000 Genesee Street
Rochester NY 14611
585-613-3400 office direct
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 <email@example.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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our website and become a fan on our Facebook! www.rochesterplaza.com
Cross Currents Minority Rowing www.ccminorityrowing.com
Lydia Boddie-Rice 585.244.2263 email@example.com
Oscar Pedroso 585.730.1413 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross Currents Minority Rowing Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#
US Rowing Diversity Invitational
Richard T. Butler, Inclusion Manager, US Rowing www.usrowing.com
Genesee Waterways Center www.geneseewaterways.org
Cindy Stachowski, Executive Director 585.328.3960
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/
4. Rochester Institute of Technology: http://www.rit.edu/