Chicago Rowing Foundation (CRF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1998 with a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee to make sweep rowing (crews of 4 or 8) accessible and available to students throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. CRF boasts a nationally ranked high school program, a growing middle school program, a recreational program for adults, and a nationally ranked adult Masters competitive team.
CRF believes the community deserves a whole-person approach to programming. Through our introductory programs, we give new rowers the tools to live a healthier life, and the chance to gain confidence through strength and focus. For the more competitive Junior rowers, CRF coaches take a comprehensive approach to the physical, mental and social well being of their athletes. Rowing is a sport that demands cardiovascular strength, precise teamwork and mental focus, and our coaches cultivate these hardworking athletes into successful individuals and thus, winning teams. Our adult Masters program gives new and experienced rowers the chance to compete, or simply stay on the water for recreation.
Our home, the Chicago Park District’s WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is the premier rowing center in the city, with year round training and facilities unmatched in the region. Through our partnership with the Chicago Park District, CRF provides low-cost community programs in addition to our existing recreational and competitive teams.
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Photo: L. McClure
The boathouse will have the following hours over the winter break:
M – F: 9am-8pm
Sat & Sun: Regular Hours
Six Varsity Rowers participated in National Signing Day to mark their official commitments to some very impressive schools!
Kate Schildmeyer - University of Tennessee
Charlotte Quinn - University of Virginia
Victoria Landis - Lehigh University
Jakub Wojcieszak - University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Glasgow - Bucknell University
Madison McGivney - University of Michigan
Congratulations, rowers, for all your hard work! We're so proud of you!
Registration for our core programs is now open!
High School Winter Registration: Experienced and new rowers welcome
Middle School Winter Registration: Experienced and new rowers welcome
Masters Winter Registration : Experience is necessary. Please contact Maida Wallin at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you are eligible for this team.