At Capital Rowing Club, rowing is not just about moving oars through the water. It is about moving the needle for youth, athletes with disabilities, and DC area residents of all ages, levels of income, and backgrounds. Don't think one sport or one place can do all that?
Hear from our members below about how rowing at Capital has changed their lives: Joe, a rower from Capital's Adaptive Rowing Program for athletes with disabilities: "[Rowing is] a great feeling of independence and autonomy...you're controlling that boat...you get this high out there that keeps you driving, wanting to push, excelling, do better." Joe is talking about his experience rowing and competing with Capital Rowing Club. He says this while sitting on our docks in the wheelchair he now uses after a spinal-cord injury he suffered one night in grad school left him paralyzed. Rowing at Capital has been an opportunity for Joe to express his strength, independence, and joy of nature. "I absolutely love the water...that is what draws you to the sport." He hasn't let his injury hold him back; the sport has allowed him to reinvent himself from someone who is perceived to have inabilities to someone who clearly has abilities. Some have asked him, if it was possible, to go back before his injury, would you? He replies, "Sitting here right now, I would have an extremely hard time going back."
Hear from a parent of a new rower who spent exactly 1 year with Capital's after-school youth program, Capital Juniors: "My son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 9. For the past couple years, my son attended a private special education middle school in Maryland along with participating in a host of therapeutic intervention. When we discovered Capital Rowing, my son tried the sport without hesitation. You made him feel welcomed from the start and helped him build confidence in his athletic ability, become comfortable on the water, and work on social skills. While participating in Capital, my son became less awkward and more independent and self aware. It’s the first time I have ever seen him so dedicated to a sport. I consider CRC and rowing part of my son’s therapy, growth and development. My son has successfully transitioned out of special education and will complete High School in a mainstream school."
With fundraising and in-kind donations, CRC breaks down barriers for everyone to explore the physical, social, emotional, and community benefits of rowing on the Anacostia River.
Capital Rowing Club gets families, friends, companies, and community members rowing to share with them the importance of being healthy and enjoying the Anacostia River as an important recreational resource.
Your Giving Tuesday dollars will help athletes like Joe and the youth in our program. It will provide the necessary equipment, coaching, and funds to help us provide innovative programming, recruit, and get the word out about what we do at Capital Rowing Club. We will use it to promote athletic and academic achievement for our youth rowers, foster stewardship of the Anacostia River, build effective teams, and support competitive rowing. For more information, go to www.capitalrowing.org.