VETERANS ROWING & KAYAKING INC

We Strive For Perfection But Sometimes Have To Settle For Excellence

aka U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation   |   Sarasota, FL   |  http://www.veteransrowing.org

Mission

To help facilitate growth and recovery for all severely disabled military Veterans through recreational rehabilitation/adaptive sports rowing & kayaking.
We work with the following disabilities and mental illness: PTSD, TBI, severe to moderate depression, anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse, amputees, cancer patients, blind and vision impaired, among many other mental and physical disabilities.

Notes from the nonprofit

US Marine Paul-Stephen Varszegi, is our Executive Director of National Program Services effected January 2018. Mr. Varszegi is also our Founder and acting President.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Mr. Paul Stephen Varszegi

Main address

8437 Tuttle Avenue Suite 331

Sarasota, FL 34243 USA

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Formerly known as

U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation, Inc.

Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking, Inc.

Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking, Inc.

Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking, Inc.

Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking, Inc.

U.S. Veterans’ Rowing & Kayaking Foundation, Inc

U.S. Veterans’ Rowing & Kayaking Foundation, Inc

U.S. Veterans’ Rowing & Kayaking Foundation, Inc

U.S. Veterans’ Rowing & Kayaking Foundation

EIN

80-0953424

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hostility by our civilian competitor USRowing which continues to try to manipulate and control our various locations by interfering with relationships in place at each location with community partners. Our foundation is determinate to form our own governing body to control all military and veteran rowing and kayaking activities in the US.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Blind Veterans' Rowing Program

We currently have 26-blind/vision impaired Veterans participating every week in an indoor rowing studio with recreational rehabilitation coaching staff. This event is approximately 90-minutes in duration with breaks in between. The program concludes with a lunch break consisting of Subway sandwiches and ice water refreshment. The programs are currently running in Rhode Island and Connecticut on Tuesdays and Friday mornings.
We are currently providing services to VA Medical Centers in Providence, RI, West Haven and Newington, CT with recreational rehabilitation rowing and kayaking programs for their blind/vision impaired Veterans and other disabilities.
To see pictures and videos of these Veterans training in our adaptive sports studios, please go to our website at http://www.veteransrowing.org and click-on the "events" tab.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

This program was designed specifically for active duty, reservist, ROTC and honorably discharged Veterans who are enrolled in area colleges and universities in Connecticut.
The program began with grant funding from the Hummingbird Foundation with a gift of $5000 to be used exclusively for the creation of this program at our Norwalk, Connecticut facility known as Maritime Rowing Club in May, 2014 through October.
We had 18-program participants from 4-schools participating each Sunday from 10am-2pm.

In 2015, we moved this program to a closer location to our colleges and program residences at partnered with Great River Rowing club which is based in Shelton, Connecticut with 6-program participants.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This is another adaptive sports program for physically and mentally disabled Veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

All U.S. Veterans or Active Duty Personnel are welcome to join at no cost.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

This program is for beginners who have never rowed or kayaked.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Specialized one on one work with severely injured/disabled veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

This program is for any age veterans or active duty or first responders who which to compete year-round indoor and outdoor racing.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Lions Club International 2018

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Increase volunteer staff participation and support.
Add advisory Board to organization.
Increase transportation for blind/vision impaired Veterans who need to be personally picked up from their residence.
Work on forming our own governing body to serve our large membership base so as not be manipulated and controlled by our competitor...USRowing Association.

Continued partnerships with community support.
Continued partnerships with corporate sector.
Continued Partnerships with existing grant and foundation providers.
Continued Partnership with VA Healthcare System regionally and nationally.

Currently have all the resources in place at over 20 regional locations with support staff to offer recreational rehabilitation rowing and/or kayaking and adaptive sports programing.

Finishing up our 4th year of very successful and expanded programing regionally.
Anticipating total donations to exceed in 2016 of $150,000 over 2015 income $114,000.
Took membership in 2015 from 120+ to over 500 members in 2016.
Added new social media Facebook membership page which now has over 17K members internationally.
We have achieved amazing success with setting new World and American indoor rowing records on the Concept 2 rowing machine. We now have more records than any other organization in the world...including our civilian competitor USRowing Association which claims to have over 80K members.
*Please see above.

Financials

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Operations

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VETERANS ROWING & KAYAKING INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sgt. Maj. Allan Jay Kellogg, Jr.

Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking, Inc.

Term: 2013 -

Richard Rivera

U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation

Helen Holly Crouch

U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation

Jerry Augustine

U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation

Elizabeth Viruet

U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.