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DC Strokes In Your Community

DC Strokes has a long history of serving the Washington D.C. community. Formed in 1991, it is one of only two fully independent GLBT rowing clubs in the world. With a mission to introduce and promote the sport of rowing to the GLBT community and its allies, DC Strokes continues to touch people throughout the national capital region through a variety of outreach programs.


Building Communities and Promoting Health

Hill East Crew

A pioneering partnership, named ‘Hill East Crew’, has been forged between DC Strokes, Serve-Your-City and Athletes without Limits to introduce the sport of rowing to youth from the local community who might not otherwise have the opportunity.


In 2013, a weekly training program occurred in the summer and fall.  For 2014, the program has expanded to twice weekly and will encompass winter, spring, summer and fall sessions.


Please consider making a charitable donation to support our efforts to reach into the local community by clicking here.


Learn more about our partners by clicking on their links:

Whitman-Walker Lesbian Services Program
Women's rowing programs have grown considerably over the past 10 years.  Women's issues are particularly important and we recognize that rowing can help create an active healthy lifestyle. Working with
Whitman-Walker, DC Strokes offered a great weekend clinic for 16 very enthusiastic women. This charged-up group found a new outlet. We're hoping to see them back this year!



Anacostia Community Boathouse and Youth River Sports Day
With a vision and leadership from DC Strokes members, the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association developed a one-day community program aimed to reach our city's youth. This program brought together the resources from 10 different ACBA organizations, including DC Stroke,s to put on all-day program for children and youth. More than 70 volunteers served more than 150 attendees. Whether it was learning how to row, learning how to paddle one of the beautiful dragon boats or taking a river tour, everyone had a good time.




Breaking Down Barriers

Booz Allen Hamilton's GLOBE Employee Forum


DC Strokes sponsored a Learn-to-Row Clinic for Booz Allen employees, family and friends to build teamwork skills, deepen bonds of trust and promote good will in a non-work environment. 




DC Strokes is always working to make rowing more accessible to more people and that includes those who are deaf or hearing impaired. Working with DeafDC, DC Strokes brought together a great group of folks who learned very quickly. By the end of the day, everyone had learned something including new ways to communicate without saying a word.



Whitman-Walker HIV/AIDS Clinic


Near to our hearts, is DC's HIV/AIDS community. Though we have come a long way in our understanding and treatment of the disease, we still struggle to help the person who is affected. Since breaking down barriers is such an important core principle to our organization, we find extra special meaning in helping this community wherever we can. Though Whitman-Walker, we hosted a terrific one-day Learn-to-Row clinic. Everyone had a great time and so many of the participants were looking for the next opportunity.

Outreach Opportunities

Learn-to-Row Clinics

We host full-day and half-day Learn-to-Row clinics. 

Clinic participation fosters a sense of community, increases people’s awareness of the Anacostia River and allows individuals a chance to participate in an activity that may previously have seemed out of reach.


Please contact the Outreach Coordinator for more information or send us a message directly from the website.



While DC Strokes has grown over the years, we are always interested in your direct support. You don't need to be a rower to come by and be a part of our community.


Please contact the Outreach Coordinator for more information or send us a message directly from the website.


Community Resources

Take a look at Serve DC  the D.C. commission on National and Community Service.


Burgundy Crescent  volunteers have helped DC Strokes out over the past several years for Stonewall Regatta.