New York State Senator Chris Jacobs, 60th Senate District, has secured a grant of $100,000 for the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA), a nonprofit community-based organization founded in 2010. The funds will be used for capital improvements, including construction of a new boathouse.
The mission of the BSRA is to provide community access to rowing on the Buffalo River through a wide variety of inclusive programs. The organization currently offers adult (masters), Learn-to-Row and We Can Row programs throughout the year. BSRA also serves scholastic members from several local high schools.
When completed, BSRA’s new Patrick Paladino Memorial Boathouse on Ohio Street will annually serve an estimated 500 youth, adult and disabled athletes from Western New York, as well as members of the community seeking to learn or develop in rowing or water sports and those who simply want to enjoy an access point to the Buffalo River. The new facility will also provide classroom, office and fitness/training space; locker rooms and boat storage; and more opportunities for disabled athletes to participate in adaptive rowing programs.
“The completion of our new boathouse will allow the BSRA to greatly enhance our program offerings and increase public access to the Buffalo River for athletic reasons,” said BSRA Board President Mark Kostrzewski. “We are honored to receive such a significant grant from Senator Jacobs and will do our best to ensure that more individuals are exposed to this great sport and our local waterways.”