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Sagamore Rowing Association

Oyster Bay, New York

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The purpose of SRA is to foster a sense of community by supporting and promoting scholastic and community-based rowing programs and other activities associated with non-motorized boating; to teach and train oarsmen and oarswomen without preference to race, creed, religion, color or physical disability; to provide equitable means for both recreational and competitive rowing, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; to maintain the natural beauty of the waterways used for rowing; and to provide a means for community and charitable involvement in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and their surrounding areas. With close to 400 members, SRA’s mission is to promote the sport of rowing. By serving the high school, college and adult community, Sagamore is helping Long Island rediscover this traditional sport. The Sagamore Rowing Association (SRA) is a not-for-profit foundation incorporated in 1972. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and operates by collecting member dues and storage fees, which enable it to maintain its facilities, purchase and repair equipment, fund competitive events, and support related causes. It also seeks grants to fund capital improvements. SRA’s activities include high school and college programs as well as master programs (recreational and competitive). SRA provides vital infrastructure needed by a number of high school, collegiate, and master programs and the general membership, including equipment, administrative support, programs with coaching, boathouses, dock facilities, insurance and membership in the United States Rowing Association, which for any single program or individual would be cost prohibitive. SRA’s support makes possible not just the expansion and improvement of established programs, but alsothe formation of new programs. SRA is a not-for-profit 501-C3 Corporation. The majority of our rowers are high school and college students, but close to 25 percent are involved in our Adult Programs. Professionals from all backgrounds have taken to the waterways, building environmental awareness and physical endurance. Other schools in the area have expressed interest in beginning rowing programs, but Sagamore Rowing Association is unable to accommodate them at this time due to space limitations for additional rowing shells. Each summer Sagamore Rowing Association conducts rowing programs for the Town of Oyster Bay, training the youth and adult community.

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