About Us

Our Vision

To create an environment that offers anyone who desires to explore the sport of rowing, regardless of physical or financial ability, to have the opportunity for safe recreation, fitness or competition.

Our Mission

The Great Miami Rowing Center (GMRC) dba as Great Miami Rowing Foundation is devoted to supporting recreational use of the Great Miami River in Hamilton through collaborative infrastructure development and scholarship funding. By using the sport of rowing as a cornerstone, GMRC encourages use of the river for daily sport, yearly events and all types of athletic recreation. We are a not for-profit community devoted to the growth and prosperity of Hamilton’s Historic downtown, as well as the health and wellness of area residents of all ages and abilities, who want to safely use the river for competition, fitness and recreation.


GMRC was founded in 2007 by a group of dedicated volunteers as part of the Hamilton Vision 2020 initiative to return economic prosperity and development to Hamilton’s Downtown corridor. The youth racing team was our initial focus, which provided inspiration for collegiate, post-collegiate, masters, and adaptive rowing programs.

Since establishing this foundation, Hamilton has heartily embraced the sport of rowing.The activity on the river has fostered civic pride, through demonstrating the potential for development of the waterfront properties. With the spectacular support of private donors, volunteers, and municipal entities, the organization has grown from its humble beginnings in a gravel parking lot with a chain link fence to a full scale professional sports club with participation from athletes throughout the region.

GMRC is a registered 501(c)(3), which is operated by a Board of directors including regional business leaders, rowing experts, and life-long residents. We are laser-focused on our mission and vision and passionate about improving the Hamilton community by generating excitement and a sense of community around water sports on the Great Miami.