Adaptive Programs – “Texas Rowing For All” USA Olympic-Paralympic Sports Club - Austin

Texas Rowing Center's mission is to be the most inclusive rowing and paddling organization in the country.  In 2009, we formed "Texas Rowing For All," which is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing this important mission.  Today, Texas Rowing For All is a national leader in providing rowing and paddling recreation for people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.  

Texas Rowing For All is funded in part by the U.S. Olympic Committee, Paralympic Division, which has designated Texas Rowing Center as "USA Olympic-Paralympic Sports Club - Austin."  For more information about our adaptive programs, contact us at 

Below is a list of regular programs provided by Texas Rowing Center and Texas Rowing For All:

Rowing Programs for People with Physical Disabilities

Our "Wounded Warriors" Rowing Program offers a rowing program for wounded military personnel, including people with amputations, spinal cord and other serious injuries.  We regularly recruit and partner with military hospitals such as Center for the Intrepid and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, but all veterans are welcome.  The program is also open to anyone with a physical disability who would like to participate.  Participants meet every other Monday for coached rowing sessions.  Volunteers are always welcome to help.

After-School Programs for People with Sensory Disabilities

We work with several local schools and programs for people with sensory disabilities to open up new venues for their students.  We partner with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to provide a coached rowing program for their students every Monday at 3:30 PM.  Similarly, we provide a coached rowing program for the students at the Texas School for the Deaf every Wednesday at 3:30 PM.  Our program has allowed these participants to enrich their lives with new activities.  Volunteers are always welcome to help.

“Rock the Boat” Program for People with Cognitive Disabilities

We partner with McBeth Recreation Center and Texas Special Olympics to provide the "Rock the Boat" Program for people with intellectual disabilities.  This program is a six-week course that focuses on building trust and confidence and having fun on the water through paddling (kayaking and canoeing) and rowing.  The program is open to anyone with special needs and to their guardians.  We have had great success with this program and are amazed at the results.  Contact us for more information about the next season of Rock the Boat.  Volunteers are always welcome to help.  

Donating to the TRC Adaptive Rowing Program

All of our programs are provided free of charge to participants.  Funding is partially provided by generous donations by people like you!  You can make a tax deductible donation to the Texas Rowing For All by mailing a check made out to “Texas Rowing Foundation” to 1541 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703.

Past Events

Paralympic Experience is an annual one day event. Paralympic Experience is sponsored by TRC, Texas Rowing For All, Paralympics Sport Club, and the US Olympic-Paralympic Committee. It was an opportunity for citizens with disabilities to learn and participate in several water-based sports, including rowing and stand-up paddle boards. 

Paralympic Military Sports Camp was held at Texas Rowing Center in Fall of 2009.  This camp was an introduction to the sport of rowing for active military personal from all over the United States.  88 military paralympians attended the Camp and over 40 volunteers and dignitaries lent their valuable time and expertise to help athletes to row (for many, the first time) on Austin's beautiful Lady Bird Lake.  The Paralympic Military Sports Camp was a huge hit with all attendees and was co-sponsored by US Paralympic Sports Club -Texas Rowing For All, City of Austin Parks and Recreation, and Texas Rowing Center.

National Paralympic Development Camp was held at Texas Rowing Center late in 2009 and in the spring of 2012.  This camp is a precursor for National Paralympic Team selection, as served as a venue for athletes from across the United States to futher develop their rowing technique, endurance and speed under the direction of the USA National Paralympic Team Coach, Karen Lewis.   The 3 day Camp was co-sponsored by US Rowing Association, US Paralympic Sports Club -Texas Rowing For All; and held at Texas Rowing Center.  Plans are underway for hosting Paralympic National Team training at Texas Rowing Center in late 2013.

Adaptive Rowing in the News:

Austin American-Statesman article by Pam LeBlanc about TRC’s Adaptive Rowing Program (December 14, 2009)

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