On June 1st, the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association presented the gROW Tulsa outreach program to the TRSA Advisory Council. gROW Tulsa has been developed to close the opportunity gap by allowing more youth the chance to participate in the sport of rowing. The program aims to provide rowing instruction and STEM curriculum to middle school and high school students in Tulsa and the surrounding areas.
Program director Neil Bergenroth expressed his passion for the outreach program’s goals.
“I think that is an exciting opportunity to provide access a sport that has traditionally been expensive to be involved in. As a long time rowing coach and science teacher, I can see the unique opportunity that rowing based STEM activities could provide middle and high school students in the community. We are excited to develop partnerships in order to make this program a reality for all involved.”
The club is looking for the financial support and staff necessary to run a pilot program as part of the first phase of this program. For more information on the gROW Tulsa outreach program, please visit http://www.okrowing.org/grow-tulsa/.
“We are looking for physical educators and science teachers who are passionate about developing curriculum and want to be a part of this program that will make a difference in the lives of many,” said Bergenroth.
The program first seeks to use indoor rowing machines in schools as part of phase one of the initiative. As the river becomes more reliable in the next couple of years due to dam development, the program intends to develop an on the water component of the in phase two.
If you would like to help support the gROW Tulsa program or would like to partner with TYRA to help provide more access to the sport of rowing, please contact TYRA’s Director of Advancement and Communications Neil Bergenroth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TYRA is currently offering summer camp activities for those looking to try the sport for the first time. For more information on the summer rowing camps, please visit: http://www.okrowing.org/tyra-summer-camps/