HUDSON has signed a four-year sponsorship agreement with USRowing to support its Under 19 National Team through 2024, effective immediately.
In this partnership, HUDSON will supply racing shells for selection and training domestically with matched shells provided internationally for racing. Through their global network, HUDSON is able to provide world-class service both in the U.S. and abroad.
“I know I speak on behalf of everyone at HUDSON in saying how excited we are to support the USA’s U19 national team and all of their aspiring high-performance athletes,” Director of HUDSON USA Matt Muffelman said.
The agreement covers all of the under 19 national team camp boats including the women’s eight, men’s eight, women’s four with coxswain, men’s four with coxswain, women’s quadruple sculls, men’s quadruple sculls, women’s four, and men’s four. Overseen by USRowing U19 Director and Head Coach Casey Galvanek, Caitlin McClain and Eric Gehrke will serve as the head coaches of the U19 women and U19 men, respectively, through the 2021 World Rowing Junior Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, later this summer.
According to Chris Chase, USRowing Director of Youth Rowing, the goal for the junior team is to expand and provide resources to aspiring elite athletes through equipment, coaching and overall accessibility to the sport of rowing.
“If we have a partner that we can rely on for continued support via equipment and service, it allows us to focus our energy and resources in creating a better overall experience for the aspiring athlete. HUDSON was the optimal choice.”
Chase said that while there are many aspects to the partnership that will positively influence the growth of future junior programming and development, HUDSON’s recent expansion in the Sarasota area (particularly NBP) played a significant role in the decision.
“It’s obviously a project and a pursuit that’s near and dear to my heart,” Muffelman said. Muffelman, a HUDSON employee and Sarasota resident, spent a decade training and competing on the USRowing national team.
“Generation SHARK is upon us. I’m thrilled to see HUDSON moving forward at full speed in the USA,” said Muffelman.
For more information on junior programming, please visit: www.usrowing.org.
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 83,000 individual members and 1,350 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all.