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The Club


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Dr. Roger Hubbard a Maryville native, businessman and rowing enthusiast, founded the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center (SMRC) in 2001. On the belief that anyone who has the desire to row and take part in the life changing benefits of the sport should have the opportunity to participate. Understanding opportunities that rowing could afford youth, especially young women, to earn college scholarships through rowing. He worked with the local school district to begin a girls scholastic club sport team, Maryville High School, in 2006 which later adding boys crews in 2008. From this, the idea sprung idea to expand into a community club sport program to a broader base of Blount, Loudon and Knox counties in 2010 and East Tennessee Rowing was formed in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

The East Tennessee Rowing Organization (ETRO), established in 2012, is a tax-exempt community club sport 501(c)(3) NPO, based in Louisville, Tennessee.  East Tennessee Rowing Organization's Federal Tax Identification Number is 26-3986313. ETRO, is an organizational member of USRowing, governed by a volunteer board of directors and dedicated parents, with a mission committed to:

  • • Establish traditions of rowing in Blount and Knox Counties that everyone has the opportunity to row and strive for excellence on the water.
  • • Provide the opportunity to the people in foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains the highest quality rowing, fitness and social experience a club can provide with no exceptions.
  • • Manage programs, equipment, facilities, and coaching to eliminate the barriers of community participation.
  • • Build an inclusive environment, fostering personal growth, and promoting a spirit of sportsmanship.
  • • Offer programs regardless of experience level, realizing that ALL rowers can be formidable athletes and competitors.
  •  • Promote foster physical activity, health, leadership, and community engagement.
  • • Support programs that advance fitness through rowing to individuals who might otherwise not have such opportunities.
  • • Deliver a safe, supportive, and friendly environment where all members and guests feel at home.
  • • Re-invest in the club and offer a first rate destination for all.

ETRO believes that access to sport and excellence in sport are equivalent values. We believe that by making rowing and rowing infrastructure available to a wide range of participants possible the sport will grow in viability, prominence, and vitality and regional and national performance will improve. We hold excellence and access to be two sides of the same coin and use this belief to guide our decision-making.

  • • Access – We make the rich experiences of rowing available to a diverse population and individuals are included and engaged as a vital part of something larger than one self.
  • • Excellence – We inspire individuals to realize their fullest potential on and off the water.

As a community club sports team, ETRO receive no financial assistance from area high school athletic department or local governments. The club’s revenue is drawn from membership fees of 60+ participants and local fundraisers. Dues and fees alone are not sufficient to cover the cost of the organization’s annual operating budget, travel, or future growth. We work hard to find ways to keep the cost of rowing low and complete our mission, as cost is often a huge barrier for families with more than one athlete and/or modest means. Boats have been generously donated or funded by donors within the community, both on the individual and corporate level.

ETRO, has identified the common barriers to having a successful rowing club and already has made an investment to address these issues by:

  • • Acquisition of 6-acres of waterfront property on Ft. Loudoun Lake in Louisville.
    • Boathouse [view map] 3452 Louisville Road, Louisville.
  • • Purchase, maintain and insure of rowing fleet for 60+ participants. Including boats that range in cost from $8,000 for a single scull to over $38,000 for an eight-oared racing shell as well as related equipment such as riggers, oars, and coxswain systems.
  • • Provide safety launches and motors needed for coaching on the water, a trailer for transporting boats to regattas, docks, racks, temporary boat shed, and off-site gym etc.
  • • Develop a 2500 sq ft indoor training facility in the Alcoa City Center.
    • Gym and Office [view map] 259 E. Watt Street, Alcoa.
  • • Employ a professional certified coaching staff to provide the optimal instruction and safety for athletes.

It is essential for ETRO to reach out to community corporate leaders, alumni families, and friends to build partnerships to continue our mission in Blount and Knox Counties. This alliance is critical to ensure the continuity, sustained excellence, and constant development of our club. With your tax-deductible support we can continue to offer a range of programing that provides rowers of all levels and ages an opportunity, from introducing individuals to the sport of rowing through our Learn to Row and Novice programs, to enjoy lifetime fitness in our recreational programs, or compete in our Juniors (ages 12-18) and Masters (adult) programs.

With over 20% growth in the past five years, rowing is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Offering a strong branding alignment not only as an exciting sport, but also with an active youth development program in our community. Our sport is a clean and disciplined sport, with Olympic traditions, perfect for companies across a variety of industries. Rowing attracts college oriented, health minded, middle to upper income demographic, interested in being outdoors. Through our programs and our involvement in the community, we are poised to support businesses by offering opportunities for advertising to an active and diverse audience!

We invite you to share our passion of rowing and encourages all parties interested in getting involved to contact us immediately!