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December 2021 Community Newsletter

For the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of serving the TRRA Community as the first Director of Development in the club’s history. It was an honor to help carry on and enhance the original vision of a true community boathouse for all.

I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity and proud of all that we’ve accomplished together, from new docks, locker rooms, and an erg room to the creation of the Boathouse Preservation Society and an expanded vision for increasing diversity and inclusion in rowing and paddling.

Today is my last day as a member of the team, as I’ll be moving on to a very exciting opportunity with The Roberto Clemente Museum, helping to preserve the life and legacy of one of my heroes.

I want to thank Jenn Grieb and Bob Oltmanns for believing in my abilities to push the TRRA mission forward despite having never held an oar. And thank you to everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for making this community so special. I’m very lucky to have been part of it.


CJ Strauss

Director of Development

Thank YOU, CJ, for helping to grow our organization, enhance our impact, and being an incredible leader and teammate in our community. We wish you and your family nothing but the best in your next chapter and we look forward to the next time we cross paths!

  • The entire TRRA Community



The TRRA Book Club hosted by the DEI Committee is back! Our first topic will cover chapters 1-4 of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Ring in the new year by joining us for the first virtual meeting on Sunday, January 2nd at 7:00 PM. The meetings are open to everyone, so bring a friend!

Go to The New Jim Crow to find a complete list of locations to purchase both a physical and digital copy of the book, or an audiobook.



We have opened a year-round TRRA online apparel store featuring tees, hoodies, jackets, pants, bags and accessories, and more. Take a look through the link below. If there's an item you'd like to see us an email at

This is a separate store that will run in addition to the Boathouse Sports store, which will still open at various times throughout the year and feature unis and other rowing-specific apparel.



Please consider contributing during the Annual Appeal to help position Three Rivers Rowing Association as a leader in increasing diversity, representation, and inclusion across the sports of rowing and paddling in Western Pennsylvania.

Read the 2021 Appeal Letter HERE or contribute to the Annual Appeal website.



TRRA is thrilled to announce the return of the Winter Rowing League in 2022! The Winter Rowing League is a fun and engaging way to stay fit, meet new people, and stay active after the holidays! No experience is necessary as we offer sessions for both beginners and experienced rowers. All sessions take place at TRRA’s Millvale Campus and will utilize both ergs and the indoor rowing tanks to teach and enhance your rowing technique and power. If you have ever wanted to try rowing, the TRRA Winter Rowing League is a great place to start!

The 2022 Winter Rowing League will be held on the following dates:

  • Session 1: January 3rd - February 10th

  • Session 2: February 14th - March 24th

  • Session 3: April 4th - May 12th

Registration will open at 12 noon on Monday, December 6, 2021. Click here to bookmark the registration page.



December 24th: The boathouse will be open from 5:30am - 10am, all programming canceled unless otherwise indicated by your team coach.

December 25th: All TRRA locations are closed.

December 31st: The boathouse will be open from 5:30am - 10am, all programming canceled unless otherwise indicated by your team coach.

January 1st: All TRRA locations are closed.

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