Three Rivers Junior Rowing

Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA) is a membership organization offering rowing and dragon boating programs in the Pittsburgh region.  Founded in October 1984, TRRA has grown into one of the largest community-based rowing and paddling clubs in the United States.  The club has won USRowing’s Club of the Year Award four times, most recently in 2016, and has about 600 members.

Three Rivers Junior Rowing (TRJR) promotes the sport of rowing at the junior level throughout Allegheny County. TRJR provides coaching, equipment, administration and helps to establish parent participation.  TRJR operates a competitive program for 8th-12th graders as well as a developmental program for 4th-7th graders.  TRJR is one of the most competitive programs in the Midwest Region and has enjoyed a significant amount of success at the national level.  Many TRJR alums go on to collegiate rowing and a significant number receive athletic scholarships.   Athletes from all area schools can practice together, which provides more flexibility in boat selection and enhances the quality of the rowing experience and rower development.

TRRA Juniors Boosters Organization’s Mission

Three Rivers Rowing Association Juniors Boosters Organization’s mission is to provide financial and logistical support to the TRRA Juniors rowing program in its goal of teaching the sport of rowing and in fostering a lifelong dedication to physical fitness among Pittsburgh area youth.

Board Members

Michelle Christensen (President), Lisa Andrud, Jen Bakkenist, Phil Deily, Matt Grau, Jenn Grieb, Kelly Kimmy, Jen Mico, Lisa Petronick, Teresa Schriever, Tony Stasa

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Why is youth rowing an important activity?

With many of today’s young people living increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and with youth obesity rates soaring to record levels, the sport of rowing offers an activity which engages the entire body, and which, with practice and discipline, results in incredibly high levels of physical fitness.  But, perhaps more important, rowing is a sport that anyone, regardless of physical prowess, can become competitive.  In fact, the TRRA Juniors program welcomes any 13 to 18 year olds –  all that is required is a desire to row and a commitment to work.  Rowing is also one of the few sports in which one can engage for a lifetime.  Today’s junior rower may well be competing as a “master” in his or her 50’s and 60’s.

2.  How does the boosters organization support youth rowing?

The Boosters Organization assists youth rowing in a variety of capacities. One important responsibility is fundraising. As boats and other equipment age, they wear out and must be replaced. This equipment can be very expensive – in fact just one boat may cost in excess of $30,000. Thus, raising money to give these our young people the tools they need to engage in the sport. The Boosters have recently also made a commitment to help fundraise to provide scholarships for our athletes. The Boosters Organization also lends logistical support to rowers at races – making sure that they are fed and sheltered while they compete and assisting with transportation.

3. What is the relationship of the boosters organization to the Three Rivers Rowing Association?

The Boosters Organization is an unincorporated association which was organized under the corporate umbrella of Three Rivers Rowing Association, a non-profit corporation.  While the Boosters has its own Bylaws, Board of Directors, and Officers, it does not exist separately from TRRA. The Boosters works cooperatively with the TRRA staff and Board members to support the TRRA’s Juniors team.

4. Can I tax deduct a donation to the Boosters Organization?

Yes. TRRA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, meaning that any donations to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

5.  How should checks be made out?

Any donation or ticket sales checks should be made payable to:
TRRA Juniors Boosters
c/o Three Rivers Rowing Association
300 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15222