Tulsa Selected As Erg Ed Grant Recipient

Erg Ed Tulsa Rowing Outreach

Tulsa Youth Rowing Association is pleased to announce that Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) has been selected to receive an Erg Ed grant for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Erg Ed is a program of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation in partnership with USRowing. The grant will provide indoor rowing equipment, indoor rowing curriculum, program support, and training for TPS faculty over the next five years. 

Erg Ed was originally launched in 2010 in Seattle Public Schools. The program curriculum involves programming that teaches teamwork, exercise science, and goal setting in a fun, engaging curriculum that is aligned with national Physical Education standards. There are currently programs in nine states and seventeen public school districts. The focus of the program introduces students to the sport and connects them to resources and support that helps to overcome barriers to participation in rowing activities.

TPS Superintendent Deborah A. Gist added, “We know that physical education plays an important role in the development of students, which is why we are grateful to USRowing and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation’s program grant for providing the support we need to expand our after school and physical education rowing opportunities for the 2020-2021 school year. This grant will give our students a chance to learn about and participate in rowing events, and offers an excellent partnership with the rowing community to empower, mentor, and build positive relationships with our students. We hope to see many students discover a new passion that can help improve their health, wellness, and future opportunities.”

Tulsa Youth Rowing Association has been working to provide community youth with more access to rowing opportunities over the last few years. The gROW Tulsa RowingSTEM initiative in partnership with The Opportunity Project, the Tulsa Debate League and 21st Century provides after-school rowing activities for TPS students, who learn STEM concepts using data generated by the Concept2 Rowing machines in addition to rowing and wellness habits.

“We are grateful to the George Pocock Rowing Foundation and USRowing for awarding an Erg Ed grant to Tulsa Public Schools for the upcoming academic year. We are excited at the prospect of partnering with all of these organizations to provide access to rowing opportunities at a level much greater than we have previously been able to achieve” said TYRA outreach director Neil Bergenroth. 

Official release: https://www.pocockfoundation.org/post/usrowing-selects-tulsa-ok-and-edmonds-wa-as-the-2020-2021-erg-ed-grant-recipients

The Tulsa Youth Rowing Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing opportunities in the sport of rowing for the youth of Tulsa and surrounding areas. For more information on TYRA and enrollment, visit the club website at www.okrowing.org or contact info@okrowing.org for more information.