Sammamish Rowing Association is on a mission to make rowing a more accessible and diverse sport. It's no secret that our equipment, travel, and various fees and expenses are costly. Financial barriers have unfortunately excluded those who could truly benefit from this life changing sport.
Rowing offers incredible opportunities for growth, development, and strong relationships. The lessons of leadership, teamwork, hard work, perseverance, and determination stick with rowers throughout their lives. Additionally, many of our junior rowers have doors of opportunity opened in higher education through the form of athletic scholarships or a more competitive collegiate application through their involvement in the sport. SRA has seen hundreds of middle and high school students go through our junior rowing program and their progress and growth has been and continues to be inspiring.
With the help of our donors, we set aside thousands of dollars for scholarships every season to ensure that no one is turned away from rowing regardless of income. In 2018 alone, SRA provided nearly $30K in scholarship assistance to rowers in need.
"Rowing taught me how to discipline myself in a new way that I did not know I could, it gave my life structure and I found new commitments in all areas of my life outside of rowing as well. The greatest lesson I learned from rowing at SRA was how to support my teammates and be someone (inside rowing and not) that others could rely on. Rowing is a sport for anyone because every seat is different and there is so much room to adapt into it; for example, I didn’t even know what rowing really was 5 years ago and now I am rowing for a D1 school.Rowing improved my life because it gave me time to evolve around it and learn who I could be with it. It opened so many doors in my life that were not even an option before rowing! .”