Community Rowing, Inc. has been named the 2009 USRowing Club of the Year, the organization announced on Monday.
More than 1,050 USRowing member organizations across the country were eligible for the award, which is based on a points system focusing on the following criteria: performance, community outreach, service to rowing, USRowing participation, technology and communications, and safety. Having previously won the award in 2004, CRI became the first two-time winner of the award since its inception in 2002.
"I am delighted that all of the extraordinary work by our volunteers and staff has been recognized by USRowing with this prestigious award," said CRI Executive Director Bruce Smith. "CRI strives to deliver excellent rowing at every level, from complete beginner to national champions to physically and mentally disabled veterans returning to the United States after serving their country overseas. We're very excited about the potential rowing has to change lives for the better, and with the help of Glenn Merry and USRowing, we are excited about sharing our sport with a growing population of participants and fans."
CRI was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the belief that the sport of rowing provides unique abilities to promote personal and community growth through teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness. Since its inception, CRI has become one of the largest rowing programs in the United States.
Located on the Charles River, CRI was the first public rowing club in Boston. It delivers after-school programs to urban youth, provides health and fitness programs to physically and mentally challenged members of the community, and promotes health and fitness for the entire community. Programs range from one-time learn-to-row classes to year-round memberships. The organization currently has about 30 programs, more than 3,000 participants, and a fleet of more than 170 sweep and sculling shells. For more information, visit Community Rowing's Web site at www.communityrowing.org.
As the 2009 USRowing Club of the Year, Community Rowing will be honored on Friday, December 4, at the USRowing Annual Awards Reception in Tempe, Ariz.