In rowing we adapt the equipment — not the sport— so anyone regardless of functional limitations can enjoy the water.
In 2010 Rio began partnering with community organizations to include people with disabilities in our mission to bring the sport of rowing to the Arizona desert. By 2012, Rio earned official designation as a U.S. Paralympic Sport Club from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sports Committee. Through our Can Do Crew, Rio’s adaptive rowing program provides the equipment, coaches and training that enable individuals with functional limitations to achieve the health, fitness and social rewards of recreational and competitive rowing.
Rio Can Do Crew rowers have won medals at local, national and international competitions, such as the Bayada Regatta and the C.R.A.S.H.-B indoor rowing championship. Rio has brought U.S. team paralympic rowers and coaches to Arizona to host adaptive training clinics.
An all-volunteer effort, Can Do Crew draws on generous contributions of time, talent, guidance and donations from individuals, community organizations and national rowing programs to advance our vision of rowing for all.
If you’re interested in rowing with us please contact BrianM@rowrio.org.