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The Club


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. That access to sport and excellence in sport are equivalent values. By establishing a legacy of making rowing and rowing infrastructure available to a wide range of participants. It is possible the sport will grow in viability, prominence, and vitality thereby improving regional and national performance. Embracing 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.

Understanding opportunities that rowing can provide, especially to youth. Dr. Hubbard was instrumental in founding the Maryville High School Rowing Team in 2006. Which later became the East Tennessee Rowing Organization in 2010 to broaden the access to students in Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties. ETRowing is an organizational member of USRowing and operates as a tax-exempt community club sport 501(c)(3) NPO [FIN 26-3986313], based in Louisville, Tennessee governed by a volunteer board of directors and dedicated parents.

    • • 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.

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