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As a community club sports team, East Tennessee Rowing Organization receive 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.

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.

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. The club only asks for assistance after making the following investment to address these issues:

  • Access to waterfront property.
    • Acquisition of 6-acres of waterfront property on Ft. Loudoun Lake [view map] 3452 Louisville Road, Louisville.
  • Equipment is expensive.
    • Purchased, 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.
  • Support Equipment is expensive.
    • Develop a 2500 sqft indoor training Gym and Office [view map] 259 E. Watt Street, Alcoa.
  • Quality Coaching is hard to find
    • Employs a professional certified coaching staff on the water and in the gym to provide instruction and safety for athletes.

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. 

Thank you for your consideration!

Vienna Coffee Company





Southern Shores Development





Blount Excavating




LouisvilleLanding Marina