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$45M Whitewater Center Grand Opening Set for May 7-8 

RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center, will hold a grand opening celebration May 7-8, 2016. The whitewater center was built in the city’s Boathouse District as part of MAPS 3, ... Read More

OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew Wins Overall Trophy at USRowing Central Youth Championships

The OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew competed in the 2015 USRowing Central Youth Championships on May 2-3. Twenty crews from around the region gathered in the Boathouse District to compete in several qualifiers for the 2015 ... Read More

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City Leaders Sign RIVERSPORT Rapids Steel Beam

Members of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, the MAPS 3 Oklahoma River Improvement Subcommittee and City Council met on April 9 to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of ... Read More

MAPS 3 Whitewater Construction Update

February 20, 2015 - MAPS 3 Program Manager David Todd provides a construction update on the Oklahoma River Improvements project. Jeffrey Gustin, senior project manager with whitewater consultant S2O Design discusses upcoming project milestones and ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

Veterans Find Opportunities Through Rowing

VA Heart of a Veteran 2014 Indoor Championships 2

The 2014 OKC RIVERSPORT Indoor Rowing & Canoe/Kayak Championships were held February 22, 2014 at the Cox Convention Center. 21 teams overall competed in the Indoor Rowing Corporate Challenge. Three teams represented Heart of a Warrior and were comprised of veterans affiliated with the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Waco Blakely, Patient Advocate in the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom program office at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, believed the Corporate Rowing League would be a great experience for the veterans in his program.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to develop friendships and be around others who suffer similar disabilities,” Blakely said. “We couldn’t be happier with the Boathouse District.”

Retired Army Task Force Sniper Mike Harryman has earned four Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. This highly decorated veteran served our country for many years before retiring, and as a member of the Heart of a Warrior team he has found a new love for rowing.

“I thought this would be a good opportunity for veterans to get out and fellowship with other veterans,” Harryman explained. “It’s a great way to relieve anxiety.”

Warriors for Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support to our nation’s veterans, sponsored the Heart of a Warrior teams.

“They’ve been right there for us, 100% supporting us,” Harryman said.

As the Heart of a Warrior teammates cheered each other on, it was obvious they all share a special bond.

“I love my teammates and spending time together with them,” Harryman explained. “A lot of people just have friends, with this rowing team we have a family.”

OKC RIVERSPORT is proud to work with our veterans and we look forward to partnering with them again in the spring season. For more information about the Corporate Rowing League, contact us online or call (405) 552-4040.