August 12, 2021 at 7PM: A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of American’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team
Arshay Cooper is a rower, Benjamin Franklin award-winning author, the protagonist of the critically acclaimed film “A Most Beautiful Thing,” based on his book of the same title: a Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, motivational speaker, and activist, particularly around and issues of accessibility for low-income families. Arshay’s moving true story is about a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who formed the first all African American school rowing team in the nation and who, in doing so, transformed not only a sport but their lives.
September 23, 2021 at 7PM: Women’s Voices in Rowing
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire native, Hilary Gehman is a two-time Olympian (2000 & 2004) and six-time National Team member. Athletic accolades aside, Hilary also possesses deep experience as a coach and counselor. She spent 15 years coaching at the collegiate level, working first in a club program, then assistant coach for two separate DI programs, and most recently as the Staley head coach of women’s rowing at Cornell University. She is currently a Counseling Associate at Sparks Rowing working with Olympic-level rowers. Hilary will share the story of her aspirations and the challenges she faced as a women competing in a predominately male sport.
Companion Book: Women’s Voices in Rowing By Daniela Nachazelova