America Rows and Swims Newburgh participates in America Rows Forum of the USRowing Annual Convention in Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL – on December 4, 2014, Juliana LoBiondo (“Mrs. Lo”), Director of America Rows and Swims Newburgh, attended the USRowing Annual Convention, where she was on a panel of speakers during the America Rows Diversity and Inclusion Forum.

“I was delighted to attend the annual USRowing Convention, at my own expense, to represent our athletes at America Rows and Swims Newburgh,” said Mrs. Lo. “It was both a learning and a sharing experience. It was invigorating to meet the top Rowing Inclusion Rowing Programs Directors in the nation as well as the top rowing coaches, and leadership from USA Swimming, the national governing body of the sport of rowing, Diversity in Aquatics, and Up2Us, the leader in the sport-based youth development movement; and to learn more about the sport of Adaptive Rowing. I am bringing back with me countless connections, ideas, and leads on grants and sponsorship. It was a very worthy investment of time and money on my part.”

“We were very happy to have America Rows and Swims Newburgh represented at the Forum,” said Richard Butler, Inclusion Manager for USRowing, the governing body of the sport of rowing in America. As a panelist and speaker, Butler said that Mrs. Lo “was super.”

“It’s so important that Newburgh is known for something other than having the highest per capita violent crime rate in the State of New York,” said LoBiondo. “As part of my 5-year and 10-year plan, expansion of the America Rows and Swims Newburgh program is going to be a vital part of that. We are bringing some exciting things to Newburgh over the next several years.”

For more information about America Rows and Swims Newburgh, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), visit www.RowSwimNewburgh.org.

Photos provided

Photo 1: Group shot of Panelists during the America Rows Diversity and Inclusion Forum. (L-R) Scott Brown, a 5-time World Rowing Champion TA2x (2002 – 2006), 6 year US National Rowing Team member, member of inaugural 2008 US Paralympic Rowing team; Jennifer Kierstead, USRowing Consulting Grant Writer and mother of 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Rower Eleanor Logan; Debbie Arenberg, USRowing Adaptive Program Specialist; Juliana LoBiondo (“Mrs. Lo”) Director, America Rows and Swims Newburgh; Adrienne Moore, Up2US, the leader in the sports-based youth development movement; Shaun Anderson, USA Swimming Sport Diversity Consultant; Thaddeus Gamory, Council Chair Coordinator, Diversity in Aquatics; standing, Richard Butler, Inclusion Manager, USRowing and Moderator.

USRowing Convention Panelists

Photo 2: Photo of ARSN athletes from 2011 at the USRowing Convention, America Rows and Swims Newburgh was being used as an example of a successful program to bring together the sports of swimming and rowing

ARSN group shot

Photo 3: Photo by Mrs. Lo of Jacksonville, from the USRowing Convention, held at the Hyatt Regency

Jacksonvills USRowing Convention

Photo 4: Group shot of ARSN athletes which was also used during Presentation at USRowing Convention

ARSN at USRowing convention

Photo 5: Rhonda Marable, USA Swimming Multicultural PR Manager and Mrs. Lo at the USRowing Convention

Rhonda and JL USRowing convention