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.
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.