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.
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 our 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.
In 2015, GMRC partnered with RowAmerica, a highly sought after, national level rowing management organization, to create RowAmerica Hamilton. This partnership provides the expertise of all the staff members within the RowAmerica network as well as a successful rowing model to follow. RowAmerica currently operates several rowing centers nationwide, with its flagship development in Westport, Connecticut.
With this partnership, GMRC continues as a registered 501(c)(3), which is operated by a Board of directors including local business leaders, rowing experts, and life-long residents. However, we have moved into a supporting role, providing scholarships to youth and adaptive athletes, and funding capital improvement projects on the existing boathouse structure. Our mission remains to bring economic growth and impact our community through increased usage of our greatest asset, the Great Miami River.