Celebrating Pride Month: Chicago Rowing Union

Celebrating Pride Month: Chicago Rowing Union

The Chicago Rowing Union was founded in 2005 by a group of 12 gay men, who wanted to compete at the 2006 Gay Games, being held in Chicago. Since then, the team has expanded to roughly 60 rowers from diverse backgrounds. CRU offers learn to row, novice and competitive programs that compete across the US. One of their annual traditions is to hold a Pride Row in June where novice rowers and competitive athletes row together and then relax and bond during an all-team cookout.
June 24, 2024 — Kristin Foster
Celebrating Mothers They Love: Saugatuck Survive-Oars

Celebrating Mothers They Love: Saugatuck Survive-Oars

Rowers from the Saugatuck Survive-Oars have been instrumental in the development and growth of the Survivor Rowing Network. These three strong Saugatuck women have already won the hardest race of their lives, but took on rowing and found new confidence and friends for life. Their children have been some of their greatest supporters and cheer them on and off the water. We asked these survivors how rowing has impacted them, and how their children are celebrating them this Mother's Day.
May 02, 2024 — Kristin Foster
JL Racing Partners with Fulham Reach Boat Club

JL Racing Partners with Fulham Reach Boat Club

JL Racing has proudly announced a strategic partnership with Fulham Reach Boat Club. This collaboration aims to broaden access to rowing within their communities, particularly among those facing financial or social challenges, fostering their growth both on and off the water. Bringing together two prominent rowing organizations from the United States and the United Kingdom, this partnership seeks to enhance the rowing community on a broader scale. By reaching out to underserved communities, establishing connections within the rowing industry, and providing unique exposure opportunities, both parties aim to expand their impact.
April 29, 2024 — Hannah Abbott
Celebrate a Mother You Love: The Behrens Family

Celebrate a Mother You Love: The Behrens Family

A powerful bond between mother and son brings us to share their story in celebration of Mother’s Day. We met the Behrens family from New Jersey a few years ago when Brendan participated in the Rowing Cares Pink Boathouse Challenge in honor of his mother, Krisi. He was Celebrating A Mother He Loves. Both Krisi and Brendan are committed to helping those who are fighting. In honor of Mother’s Day, Rowing Cares and JL Racing asked them to share a bit of themselves and their incredible journey.
April 29, 2024 — Kristin Foster
Pride 2024 Pre-Order Store

Pride 2024 Pre-Order Store

We are so PROUD to be an LGBTQIA+ ally. Equality, Love, and Pride are the principles that JL is built on. Join us in showing your support for your teammates and your community with our performance pride collection made in collaboration with Team JL Ambassador, Michael Toutloff, for Pride Month. Pride Month is celebrated every June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots, and we welcome you to get ready to celebrate around the boathouse with us! Order your gear now, and wear it in June!
March 20, 2024 — Kristin Foster
Regatta Packing List Essentials

Regatta Packing List Essentials

Prepping for a regatta isn't just about the physical training and mental prep, but also ensuring you have the right tools for success on race day. The last thing you want to realize on race day is that you've forgotten to pack your favorite sunglasses, your team's unisuit, or your lucky warmup shirt. Below, you'll find a list of important items to remember to pack, whether you're going traveling to your own lake or across the country.
March 18, 2024 — Kristin Foster
Brick City Rowing Gala: CRC Mike Teti Rowing Experience

Brick City Rowing Gala: CRC Mike Teti Rowing Experience

Brick City Rowing will be hosting their Annual Gala on March 8, 2024. The event will include dinner, presentations, dancing, special performances, honorees, and will feature Coach Mike Teti as the special guest speaker. The gala will celebrate athletes and their excellence on and off the water. There will be a silent auction during the gala, which includes the CRC Mike Teti Rowing Experience. 
March 04, 2024 — Kristin Foster
A Lasting Legacy: The Journey of Women in Rowing

A Lasting Legacy: The Journey of Women in Rowing

Each year, at least once, I watch NINE. The story doesn’t get old. The women who stood tall in the face of exclusion; those brave and powerful women paved the way for the rest of us. While they may not have set out to leave a legacy, they have done so. For that, I am forever grateful.
February 28, 2024 — Kristin Foster
Black Kids Go Fast by Joshua Rafferty

Black Kids Go Fast by Joshua Rafferty

Last summer, I had the privilege of attending the Black Student-Athlete Summit in Los Angeles, CA. At the conference, there were over 500 varsity student-athletes across all NCAA divisions. I had the honor of meeting the most talented, hard-working, smart, and kind people with whom I have ever interacted. As I met track runner after track runner, I began to wonder where the rowers were. Joshua Rafferty interviews Black athletes and coaches on their rowing journey, poses the question "How can we get more Black kids in college boats?" and discusses ways that we can diversify our sport at the higher levels.
February 19, 2024 — Kristin Foster
Survivor Rowing Network: Seats for Survivors Fundraiser

Survivor Rowing Network: Seats for Survivors Fundraiser

Survivor Rowing Network (SRN) is excited to introduce rowing to more cancer survivors in 2024 and build on its success in 2023, their inaugural year. In honor of Valentine’s Day, SRN is launching their fundraising campaign, Seats for Survivors. JL Racing is proud to open the Seats for Survivors Pre-Order Store this month to support SRN's fundraiser. 10% of net sales from this pre-order store will be donated to the Seats for Survivors fundraiser.
February 13, 2024 — Kristin Foster
Celebrating the Launch of Xavier Rowing Club

Celebrating the Launch of Xavier Rowing Club

In September 2023, New Orleans Rowing Club and Xavier University of Louisiana  partnered to launch the Xavier Rowing Club program, becoming only the second of its kind at a Historically Black College or University. The initiative is currently led by NORC members Elizabeth Manley and Chloé Jobin. Over the past months, more than a dozen enthusiastic Xavier students with no previous rowing experience have learned the fundamentals of the sport on the waters of Bayou St. John and at the NORC indoor rowing facility. The team is eager to continue to train this season with a group of capable and eager novice rowers, and they hope to race in fours or eights in the spring.
February 12, 2024 — Kristin Foster
National Girls and Women in Sports Day 2024

National Girls and Women in Sports Day 2024

National Girls and Women in Sports Day (February 7, 2024) is a special day all about giving props to women in sports, recognizing their grit, and pushing for equality. As we gear up to celebrate, we sat down with some of our Team JL Ambassadors to learn more about their journey in sports. Join us as we delve into their personal experiences, memorable moments that shaped their athletic journey, and the empowerment they've discovered through participation in sports.
February 05, 2024 — Kristin Foster