Local Club Rows to Raise Awareness of Sport

Posted February 02, 2017 by Allen

ALCOA, TN—East Tennessee Rowing will attempt to row 400 miles (644,000 meters), the length along the Tennessee River from Knoxville to Florence, AL, during the clubs 2nd annual Row-A-Thon. Just as walk-a-thons raise funds by collecting donations or pledges for walking a set distance, the rowers will be undertaking this effort to raise awareness of their sport in the local community as well as raise needed funds using stationary rowing machines or “ergs”. The twelve-hour event will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 20th, at Alcoa’s Watt Street Gym.

During the Row-A-Thon the clubs 40+ rowers will complete as many meters as possible, in a 60-minute shift on one of the multiple rowing machines that will be continuously in action during this twelve-hour test of their mind, body, and spirit. The athletes have identified sponsors that will make contributions to the club for every 100 meters the athlete completes.  During the event a few athletes will be attempting to complete a 26.2-mile marathon piece.

“Row-A-Thons are a pretty common fundraising tool used by rowing clubs across the county.” Head coach, Allen Eubanks explains, “We want the community to see our great program and ask questions on how they can get involved, either by getting in a boat or supporting the club. We will have information on our programs at the event as well as open ergs available for those who pass by to hop on with those community meters going toward the crew’s goal. My hope is people come by the gym, see our athletes, stop by to meet the team, and get more information about rowing.”

Rowing is an NCAA-sanctioned women's sport but not recognized by TSSAA nor sponsored by local schools. As a community club sports team, East Tennessee Rowing trains students from most all of the high schools across the area. The club’s biggest achievement is the opportunity crew provides athletes for college recruitment for both men’s and women’s teams at some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. The club has had multiple athletes commit to colleges over the past several years. It is a sport that can be pursued not only in high school and college; but also, over a lifetime, as proven by the club’s adult masters program. Any person of any skill level, experience, or athletic ability is welcome to join.  

East Tennessee Rowing is a non-profit 501(c)(3) youth club sport organization, established in 2004. It is based in Louisville, Tennessee and trains on Fort Loudoun Lake, offering learn-to-row, recreational classes, summer camps, as well as a competitive traveling team for junior (12-18 years of age) athletes from Blount County and Knox County. The club’s goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle, develop skills to be competitive at local, regional and national regattas, and ignite a life-long passion for the sport of rowing.  The club does not receive any government assistance the primary revenue is from program fees, adult class fees, contributions from generous individuals and businesses, and fundraisers like this event. For more information contact: head coach Allen Eubanks or check out the club’s website: www.igetrowing.com.


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