Holyoke Rows: Mission
Holyoke Rows is committed to reaching beyond the traditional rowing population to make passive river recreation accessible to the entire community by eliminating the physical, financial and social barriers to participating in our programs.
Holyoke Rows offers the only adaptive rowing program for people with disabilities, west of the Boston area. This Universal Access program is run in conjunction with DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation) and is free to individuals with visual, physical or cognitive disabilities and their families. From May – October, Thursday mornings are open for drop-ins or call/e-mail Stephanie to schedule an individual session.
While receiving instruction and the opportunity to practice, rowers also have the chance to participate in competitions. Every summer during August, Stephanie loads up sculls and rowers who are interested in racing, for a two day excursion to the Bayada Regatta. Taking place on the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania, this is the oldest, all – adaptive competition, in the country.
In addition, though the years, we have had many adaptive entrants racing in the prestigious: Head of the Charles. Our program serves people of all capabilities, from beginners, to leisure rowers, to competitive racers.