Company in Buffalo offering fall rowing programs for students

Posted at 2:53 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 08:38:40-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A local company is offering fall rowing programs for students grades seven through 12 in Buffalo through the beginning of November.

The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association on Ohio Street in the Old First Ward neighborhood, multiple fall programs for rowers of all skill levels.

“In a time where things are so abnormal, we try to give them a sense of normalcy for about two hours, three times a week,” said Mairead Manke, Head Coach of the Junior Women's Team.

They're looking for 20 kids to grow their team. No experience is required and all are welcome. BSRA says it's safe, easy-going and best of all affordable.

The fall season costs $200 and the BSRA accepts both Blue Cross Blue Shield and Independent Health wellness cards.

Youth scholarships are also available upon request if you need financial assistance, just send them an email.

"If they don’t have money that’s okay, we’ll make it work, it’s just a wonderful sport, we want to get everybody started in it,” said Manke.

And they’re not just going to throw you off the deep end and into the river, you’ll start on a rowing machine and once you get the hang of it, you’ll graduate to the water.

“Everybody is welcome, we feel like it’s an excellent introduction to something they could carry out through high school and even open doors for college,” said Manke.

The Junior Men program is offered from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile the Junior Women program is offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

For safety on the water, masks must be worn until rowers leave the dock, there are fewer rowers per boat to abide by social distancing rules are in effect, and all equipment is disinfected between each use.

The program is already underway. You can find join and more information here or by emailing