My training buddy, Stesha, and I spent Friday helping Row LA with their erg education program. Row LA is a nonprofit organization helping underprivileged girls in the class room and on the water. Rowing is a door opener for may girls getting into college, it certainly was for me. Row LA took over 7th grade P.E., boys and girls, for an entire weeks at an intercity LA junior high. Stesha and I came for the last day, race day!! We told them our story, past around our medals, lead them in a warm up and cheered them on in their 500m erg race. It was very exciting! As the day went on the kids came in to class knowing the best times from earlier classes. They were really into the race and loved holding our worlds medals. I had a lot of fun cheering the kids on and seeing how much they wanted to win the erg race. The fastest boy went 1:48 and the fastest girl went 2:01 for 500m, only having learned to erg 4 days earlier, and in 7th grade, I am very impressed!
USRowing ran an article about the event. Check it out!