The Youth Initiative of the GPRF | Row to the Future: Why Rowing?

Thank you for your spectacular support at our 6th Annual Benefit Breakfast!

The Benefit Breakfast was an incredible success and raised more than $91,000 – all of which will be matched by a generous family, dollar for dollar. Thank you for your incredible support.


If you would still like to support our work, make your gift online today!

Thank you to ZT Systems for generously sponsoring the event. 

Youth Outreach Summit #2
June 3rd
Time & Location TBD


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Recap of Summit #1: Youth Rowing: From the Classroom to the Community

On February 26, the George Pocock Rowing Foundation convened its first Youth Outreach Rowing Summit. This was the first of a series of collaborative meetings designed to examine the status of youth rowing in Seattle and develop strategies to get more youth involved in on-the-water rowing programs. Local and national leaders in youth rowing spent the morning reviewing results from Erg Ed student evaluations and discussing two very big questions:

Question #1: What could we do to make rowing more available to more kids?

Question #2:  How could we better communicate existing program opportunities?

Highlights from the day’s conversation:

  • The majority of Erg Ed students want to continue rowing in the community!
  • We can help Erg Ed students take their first steps beyond the classroom by inviting kids to the boathouse and creating new programs that appeal to broader youth population.
  • More support is needed to help get the word out about existing rowing opportunities.

View the entire power point presentation from February 26th


The George Pocock Rowing Foundation will open the Renton Rowing Center in the Summer of 2014, providing community access to recreational and competitive rowing programs as well as kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding rental.

Renton, WA, February 21, 2014- The George Pocock Rowing Foundation (GPRF) has signed a five-year lease to host operations in Renton on the south end of Lake Washington in the former Cedar River Boathouse. The operation will offer access to adult and youth rowing programs as well as daily canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board rentals. The lease will take effect onApril 7, 2014 and operations will roll out over the summer.

Matthew Lacey, GPRF Executive Director: “The George Pocock Rowing Foundation is thrilled to take this opportunity to support the growth of rowing in the Northwest and expand the recreational options available for the citizens of Renton. We know that involvement in rowing can change lives, and we’re excited to get to work and help more people find themselves on the water.”

Read the full press release from February 21, 2014