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CCSD Earns National Grant to Add Rowing to PE Program

CCSD Earns National Grant to Add Rowing to PE Program

The Cherokee County School District has earned a national grant to add rowing to its middle school PE program!

The Concept2, Inc. Erg Ed grant, valued at $45,000, was awarded to CCSD by the George Pocock Rowing Foundation through a competitive application process.  Only two school districts nationwide were selected for the award, which includes a set of 20 Concept2 rowing machines and adaptive equipment, curriculum and teacher training.

As a result of the grant, all CCSD middle schools and ACE Academy will add a two-week rowing unit to their PE classes this school year.  Erg Ed is a classroom-based indoor rowing education program that teaches students rowing fundamentals on Concept2 RowErg machines.  The curriculum emphasizes not only rowing, but also goal setting and teamwork.  Teachers this summer began participating in Learn to Row training, offered locally by the Allatoona Rowing Association, which is partnering with CCSD on the new initiative. 

“Partnerships make our school district stronger, and we’re excited to expand our middle school PE program thanks to the support of the Allatoona Rowing Association and this generous grant,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Thank you also to our Office of Curriculum & Instruction staff for winning the competitive grant for our students and teachers.  The rowing lessons will offer our students another path to fitness and the chance to learn a competitive sport, and we look forward to seeing our students succeed through this new opportunity.” 

CCSD’s partner in the initiative, the Allatoona Rowing Association offers competitive and recreational Olympic-style rowing for youth on Lake Allatoona.

“Through Erg Ed, almost 10,000 local middle school students will experience rowing, many of whom may have never been aware of the sport previously,” association director and head coach Ann Carey said.  “We are so thankful for the opportunity to implement Erg Ed and share the sport of rowing on a transformative level in our community.”