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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.


As a community club sports team, ETRowing receives no financial assistance from area high school athletic departments or local governments. ETRowing receives revenue from membership fees, local fundraisers, donations, and community and corporate sponsorship. The club supports between 60-75 athletes, however, fees alone are not sufficient to cover the cost of the organization’s annual operating budget, travel, or future growth. As ETRowing works hard to stay within the clubs mission to make rowing accessible while keeping fees manageable to participants, as the participation cost is often a huge barrier for families with more than one athlete and/or modest means.

The more the community learns about the opportunities rowing has to offer; the more club is experiencing growth and achievements. For example; our junior team competes successfully at local, regional and national regattas. However, the biggest achievement has been the life changing opportunities many of our athletes have received through their involvement and dedication by being recruited by some of the country’s finest colleges.

Rowing (or crew) can be an expensive sport that uses fragile and specialized equipment. ETRowing has identified some of barriers to having a successful rowing club such as access to waterfront property, equipment is expensive, Support Equipment is expensive, Quality Coaching is hard to find

It is essential for ETRowing 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. It is not uncommon, in some communities, for boats have be generously donated or funded by donors within the community, both on the individual and corporate level.

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!

The following community Corporate sponsors have contributed the current success of East Tennessee Rowing. Please support our sponsors. 

Vienna Coffee Company





Southern Shores Development





Blount Excavating




LouisvilleLanding Marina