Established in 2004, Freedom Rowers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) co-educational junior rowing team on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The team has over 500 alumni and 30 - 40 rowers in any given season. By teaching the commitment and discipline rowing requires, the organization boosts growth and self-esteem while opening doors for scholastic, community, and personal achievement.
Freedom Rowers enjoys tremendous community support and devotes significant resources to offer need-based scholarships and keep our program fees low.
Freedom Rowers helps youth become all they have the potential to be through the sport of rowing. We encourage young people to strive and succeed. We create an environment in which they can challenge their own limits while appreciating the beauty of nature, the wind on their faces, the blisters on their hands, and the feeling of power that comes from rowing together as one.
Really well actually!
Our summer rowing program was a great hit with many of the teammates professing their new found love of rowing singles.... love the transition!!
"Way to Float" crew!
This fall we have a team of 24 rowers and only 6 singles. So how do you get 24 kids into 6 singles and remain COVID compliant? The answer is PODS!
We are rowing in dedicated groups of 5 - 6 teammates, with each group headed by a team captain. Each POD rows for 2 hours one day a week and then has assigned land training on an alternate day at the YMCA. To accommodate all rowing PODS we have added Mondays into the practice routine under the guidance and coaching of Kevin White.
Resiliency is wonderful!
Our rowers are learning that in a single they have the opportunity to fine tune their technique and work on their own personal challenges. In other words, it's easier to figure out the problem when you're the only one in the boat! And they've surprised themselves with how capable and fast they are becoming each week. Many of our rowers were die-hard "big boat" rowers, reluctant to get in the "skinny singles" and now they proudly and confidently call themselves scullers.
We don't know what the future holds for next spring, but as far as rowing goes, we know that our kids are masters at taking on a challenge with enthusiasm and we couldn't be more proud of them!
Executive Director and Coach
Fellow Coaches: Kevin White, David Hillman
Board President, Christopher Walsh,
Board Members: Alison Sanford, Robert Billings, Sandy Brown and JoRoy Lizewksi
that's both challenging and demanding, but more importantly, rewarding and fun! The sport requires hard work, dedication, mental toughness, and safety awareness. In return, rowing will give you so much more - a successful team, a fit body, and a healthy mind."