February 2021: Community Update

Dear TRRA Community,

Last week, over 30 organizational and program leaders from within TRRA and our local rowing community came together to have A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth. This 3-day anti-racism activation workshop, hosted by Decide2Inspire, was informative, inspiring, and lived up to its name. When we are uncomfortable, in a boat, or at any point in our life, we grow the most and this workshop provided the start of a long-overdue conversation.

A Long Talk represents the next step forward that we, as an organization, are taking to be leaders, both on and off the water. It is our responsibility to ensure that this conversation continues and that the culture of TRRA is inclusive, supportive, and welcoming to all. We have a long way to go and the growth we are pursuing will not happen overnight. In the coming days, weeks, and months, our DEI committee will be sharing information and creating opportunities for our entire community to be a part of this conversation and growth process. For growth to happen, it has to be a collaborative effort across all levels and all programs within our community.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a unique window of opportunity to supplement our sport-specific training with social and cultural learning. I invite each of you to dedicate some time while we have a flexible training window to actively engage in this growth process. Each month, Decide2Inspire hosts A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth for free and their next workshop is next week. You can register by clicking on the link above.

Our staff is continuing to work on getting our campuses and equipment ready for the 2021 water season. We are also continuing to closely monitor all developments relating to the pandemic so that we can ensure a safe and responsible return to the water. As more information becomes available, we will be sure to update you.

Stay warm and be well!

Matt Logue Executive Director

VERO BEACH 2021

TRRA’s annual venture to Vero Beach, Florida is coming up this March. While we will not be sending a truck and trailer this year, any interested Masters rower is invited to head down south and get some water time in the warmer temps. Vero Beach Rowing Club is offering a temporary membership that includes the use of their equipment for $110 per person.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this form no later than 12 noon on Monday, February 8th: Vero Beach Interest Form: 2021

ADAPTIVE VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERS

Our Adaptive program is looking for Virtual Volunteers to assist with running remote training sessions this winter and spring. The schedule will be flexible and will consist of providing coaching/coxswain support for select virtual workouts. There will be a very brief Volunteer Orientation session on Saturday, February 13th at 10:30am. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form: 2021 Adaptive Volunteer Interest Form

AMBT BOOK CLUB: February 22, 2021. 6:30-8pm

The TRRA DEI Committee would like to invite you to a virtual book club event on February 22, 2021. In honor of Black History Month, the DEI Committee has selected A Most Beautiful Thing by Arshay Cooper. We were fortunate to have Arshay join us for a community conversation last fall, and are looking forward to revisiting his memoir with a few more months of learning and growing underneath our belts.

The TRRA Book Club is open to all members of our community (youth, adults, family, supporters, etc.), and we hope that you all can join us! Please fill out the brief form below if you would like to be a part of this event and we will make sure you get all the necessary information.

A Most Beautiful Thing Book Club: RSVP

Contact your local bookseller If you need to purchase the book, our favorite is White Whale!


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