“In the summer of 1936, nine working class young men from the University of Washington took the rowing world and the nation by a storm when they captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships — psychological, physical and economic — to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but also Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. Their unexpected victory, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.”
This is a FREE Advanced Screening of American Experience: The Boys of ’36, a one hour documentary inspired by Daniel James Brown’s, The Boys in the Boat.
Come to the FREE screening of the film, and meet and greet with Spokane River Rowing club members, rowers and representatives from Gonzaga University, and OLYMPIANS Jamie Redman (2012 London) and Jerry Johnson (Tokyo 1964).
Door Prizes include T-shirts, copies of The Boys in the Boat book by Daniel James Brown, a gift basket from our local PBS Station, KSPS AND (1) FREE Learn to Row class taught by Mark Voorhees, SRRA and Gonzaga’s Men’s Rowing Assistant Coach. Questions and answers till 9:00 pm.
The Spokane River Rowing Association (SRRA) provides rowing opportunities for the people of the Inland Empire and Greater Spokane area, particularly those who have never before had access to rowing. You can get a taste of what the experience is like by viewing the slideshow from our 2011 season.
With the closest opportunity to participate in rowing being in Seattle, Washington or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, SRRA provides a safe, educational and fun way for the people of Greater Spokane to participate in one of the oldest organized sports in the world. Although the Spokane River has been host to the collegiate rowing team of Gonzaga University for more than two decades, only the college rowers have been able to discover the unique benefits of participation in this sport.
One of the original Olympic disciplines, rowing develops strength, grace, endurance and team work while providing a chance to be out-of-doors. Because rowing uses all the major muscle groups, it develops coordination and conditioning better than any other single sport. At the same time, it is a sport which may be enjoyed at almost any age and any level of experience or physical ability.
Visiting Spokane this Summer? Come join us while you are enjoying the Lilac City. Please download and return the SRRA_Guest_Rowing_Form.
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