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Lasell College and Community Rowing Inc. Join Forces to Offer Community Programming

April 05, 2016

Lasell College, which has offered rowing facilities and programs on the Charles River for more than 100 years, has partnered with Community Rowing Inc., the largest rowing non-profit in the U.S., based in Brighton, MA, to increase community rowing programming and provide greater access to the river.

As part of the partnership agreement, which was signed in March, Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) will manage Lasell’s Charles River-based Stoller Boathouse on a daily basis. Current boathouse users, including the Lasell Rowing Club and Brandeis University teams, will continue to have regular access to the boathouse which is located on the Upper Charles River in Newton. During off-hours, when activity at the boathouse is low, CRI will offer new programs to members of the Lasell and local communities.

“We are excited to expand our mission with this new agreement,” said Bruce Smith, Executive Director of CRI. “CRI has been providing rowing opportunities for the community on the Lower Charles for decades and is looking forward to introducing the community to the Upper Charles at Lasell College’s boathouse.”

The new agreement will allow CRI to replicate some of the classes it currently offers middle and high school students to the Stoller Boathouse. In addition, Lasell students, faculty and staff will be able to participate in CRI programs free of charge.

“What we all hope is we have created a vibrant program with many partners from the community and an active boathouse,” said Michael Hoyle, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Lasell.

CRI was founded in 1985 by a group of Olympic and National Team rowers with the goal of widening the circle of rowing and securing public access for the sport on the Charles River. Today, the organization has over 40 programs and a fleet of more than 105 sweep and sculling shells.

An innovative educational institution for more than 160 years, Lasell College is an independent coeducational college emphasizing the integration of professional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The campus is situated on a 53-acre campus eight miles from downtown Boston in Newton, MA. Adjacent to the college is Lasell Village, the first-of-its-kind, college-sponsored retirement community with a learning mandate that has drawn international attention.