Mission

RCR is dedicated to promoting a community on and around the James River. We strive to make rowing and other water sports available to everyone regardless of background, ability, or experience. We promote an active Richmond and provide all members of the community an opportunity for recreation on the river.

Who We Are

RCR was formally founded in 2016 in hopes of expanding the sport we love, rowing, to those who have never had the opportunity to experience it. We currently partner with the VCU Crew Team, the University of Richmond Crew Team, the Virginia Boat Club, Sportable, and the City of Richmond to provide and facilitate our programs. We offer adaptive programs, competitive programs, high school rowing, development camps, corporate rows, and veteran’s rowing.

Where We Are Going

RCR is striving to grow this community every day. Part of that expansion includes more programs. We hope to partner with Richmond Public Schools in an effort to reach Richmond City Kids. We plan to grow our fleet and begin our Boathouse Initiative to provide a better space for our athletes to row. We look to be a leading organization for river recreation and accessibility in RVA.

Meet The Board

Mason Brown, President

Mason has coached rowing for the past six years in Richmond, is entering his fourth year as the Men’s Varsity coach at VCU, and has spent four years as the Adult Learn to Row coach for the Virginia Boat Club, where he has taught dozens of members of the Richmond Community the basics of rowing. Mason rowed at VCU where he served as Men’s Captain and Vice President of the team. He recently graduated with his master’s degree in business from the VCU Brandcenter where he worked on several pro bono and non-profit projects for organizations such as The Richmond Symphony, VirginiaNavigator and VeteransNavigator. He helped these organizations create visible brands and programming to extend their reach and facilitate greater impact on the area.

Hazel Cimino, Marketing Director / LTS Program Coordinator
Hazel was introduced to rowing in 2014 when she joined the VCU Crew Club while attending university. After graduating, she remained in Richmond for a year and served the VCU Crew Club as the Novice Women’s Head Coach. In 2019, Hazel moved to Philadelphia where she rowed as a member of the Undine Barge Club. Hazel has since moved back to Richmond with the goal to bring the rowing community she experienced in Philadelphia to the James River. As a graphic/user experience designer, Hazel intends to utilize her creative skills to give the RCR program a louder, more vibrant voice within the Richmond community.

Will Hendricks, Director of Development

Will serves as our Director of Development and is spearheading our new boathouse project. He started rowing in 1992, and rowed in both high school and college. He has competed in races in the US, Canada, and England, including a first place finish at Eastern Sprints in Brown University’s Freshman Heavyweight Men’s 8. Will sees the tremendous potential for rowing here in Richmond to impact the lives of Richmond high schoolers (and middle schoolers), whether it’s the positive community that can grow around a boathouse, the health and fitness benefits rowing provides, the joy of being out on the river, or the collegiate opportunities that the sport will be able to open up. There is a lot of good we can start building here together!

Taylor Roberts, Secretary / Para Rowing Coordinator

Taylor was formally introduced to rowing in the early spring of 2017 and since has developed a love for the sport on and off of the water. Through RCR’s High Performance program, she’s contending for a spot on the US National Para-Rowing Team and is also training to represent the US in the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. Serving as our Secretary and Para Rowing Coordinator, Taylor is passionate about cultivating inclusiveness within the rowing community and hopes to do so through advocation and outreach in and beyond the Richmond, VA area.

Khiem Tran, Treasurer

Khiem was a coxswain for the crew team at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2011-2014 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Advertising. He coxed for two seasons of the Adult Learn to Row program through Virginia Boat Club and is a founding board member of the Virginia Commonwealth Rowing Association (VaCRA). Khiem has worked as a Campaign Development Manager for North Carolina-Virginia Region of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) since 2016. He manages the organization’s retail partnerships throughout Virginia and supports fundraising teams for LLS’s Light The Night event.