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WELCOME - Life is changing, it’s time to adapt! Things are evolving – technology, communication, coaching, DEI initiatives, equipment, best practices, SafeSport. All of this makes running a club or coaching a team both exciting and challenging. We understand that you have a lot of questions and USRowing’s Annual Convention can help give answers and advice. Each day, a keynote speaker will kick us off before we dive into webinars, guest speakers, hands-on demonstrations and more. We hope you join us for these five days of learning from the experts (and of course some fun)!
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Arshay Cooper

Motivational speaker
Award-winning author and activist
ARSHAY COOPER is a Rower, Benjamin Franklin award-winning author, A Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, motivational speaker, and activist, particularly around issues of accessibility for low-income families.

Arshay grew up on the West Side of Chicago, witnessing family and friends become products of their environment. But a chance encounter changed Arshay's life. In 1997, he joined (and later became captain of) the first African-American high school rowing team at Manley High School, an experience that changed Arshay life. He dedicated two years of his life to AmeriCorps, focusing on diversity and inclusion, and soon after that, Arshay attended Le Cordon Bleu, becoming a personal chef for events and professional athletes.

After years of working in the foodservice industry, Arshay returned to his true passion, working with young people. He coached rowing at the Chicago Urban Youth Rowing Club and worked as the youth program guidance counselor for the Victory Outreach's Midwest/Gulf Coast region. Arshay has also started several rowing programs for low-income youth across the country, anywhere a puddle of water exists, so that other young people can experience the profound change that can happen on the water.

After self-publishing his memoir, Suga Water, which is now the basis for a new documentary (narrated by Common, executive produced by Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade and directed by Mary Mazzio) called "A Most Beautiful Thing" and a republished memoir of the same name from Macmillian). Arshay is now speaking at events and venues far and wide, from prisons to colleges, to professional sports teams, and appears on various media outlets.
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  • Coaching Education: A Look Outside of Rowing
  • Coaching Education - The Essentials of Our Sport
  • Coaching Education: The Quality Coaching Paradigm
  • Coaching Education: Trends in Performance
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Masters Monday
  • Referee Education
  • The Business of Rowing