“On the river, everything is clear and peaceful.” San Miguel Program · November 29, 2021 At San Miguel, we believe that athletic environments should be inclusive and diverse spaces.
In expanding our rowing program, we seek to dismantle the notion that the sport is exclusive to any one race or class demographic.
San Miguel is sporting two beautiful new boats thanks to rower and author Arshay Cooper and A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund. Growing up on Chicago’s West Side in the 1990s, Arshay escaped the violence in his neighborhood through rowing. His memoir, A Most Beautiful Thing, chronicles his experience rowing crew with teammates from rival neighborhoods and gangs on the first all-Black high school rowing team in the United States.