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USRowing Partners with Scholastic Rowing Association of America
February 18, 2014
Four-year agreement to broadcast SRAA National Championships live
PRINCETON, N.J. — USRowing is pleased to announce a video broadcasting partnership with the Scholastic Rowing Association of America. The four-year agreement will provide live streaming coverage of the SRAA National Championships through 2017 on USRowing’s You Tube Channel, as well as high-definition equipment upgrades.
“This is a great opportunity to serve the needs of the scholastic community and broadcast more rowing content online,” said USRowing CEO Glenn Merry. “Youth rowing is one of the fastest-growing groups in our sport and we are proud to partner with SRAA in streaming its event for parents, supporters and friends to watch live on USRowing’s YouTube channel.”
The SRAA National Championship regatta is an invitational regatta held annually on Memorial Day weekend. Participation varies from year to year, but can typically reach up to 180 schools and 3,400 competitors. Invitations to the regatta are open to qualified crews of any public or private school given to the education of youth. Crews are invited based on their performance at a qualifying championship.
“We’ve worked with USRowing in broadcasting the SRAA Championships the past three years,” said SRAA President Dennis Smith. “We’re hoping this sponsorship and the upgrade to equipment will benefit everyone. It’s our opportunity to give back to the rowing community. It’s a good thing, and a win-win in the long run. We look forward to working with USRowing the next few years.”
The 2014 SRAA National Championships will be held May 23-24 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. For more information, visit https://www.sraa.net/.
W.E. Garrett Gilmore founded the Schoolboy Rowing Association of America on May 14, 1935. The association was formed to foster schoolboy rowing and to stage an annual regatta open to all schools of the world, the winner to be recognized as North American Champions. The first regatta was conducted in May of 1935 and has been held every year since. Women started competing in 1974. The name was changed to Scholastic Rowing Association of America in 1976 to reflect the addition of women. The Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) has been the principal source of rules and procedures governing high school rowing. The association has helped many emerging high school crew programs by providing both sound advice and helpful contacts within the rowing community. The primary function of the SRAA is to run the scholastic championship regatta each May, determining the North American Champions. High school athletics does not allow sporting events to be held which decide national champions. For more information, visit http://www.sraa.net/.
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 60,000 individual members and 1,200 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing’s official suppliers include Concept 2, Croker Oars, JanSport, Nielsen Kellerman, Vespoli and WinTech. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners: ANXeBusiness Corp, Boathouse Sports, Citi Women, Connect-A-Dock, EMCVenues, JP Crickets, Ludus Tours and Rudy Project. The USRowing National Team program relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. New opportunities exist to support the teams through the next quadrennial, culminating with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing, and the USRowing Para-rowing programs also benefit from corporate support.
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Contact: Allison Frederick, USRowing Director of Communications, 609.751.0710, Allison@usrowing.org
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