Award-Winning Author of “A Most Beautiful Thing” Arshay Cooper  to Speak at Douglass High School Rowing Practice 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (March 16) – Oklahoma City’s Douglass High School Rowing Team will have the opportunity to hear from award-winning Black author and rower Arshay Cooper during his visit to Oklahoma City on March 29.   

Originally from the West Side of Chicago, Cooper was part of the country’s first all-Black high school rowing team, an experience that changed his life. His award-winning memoir, “A Most Beautiful Thing,” was adapted into a film named one of the best of 2020 by Esquire Magazine.  

RIVERSPORT OKC worked with Cooper during his visit last year as part of their effort to engage Black youth in the opportunities provided by their Youth Rowing League.  

During his visit, Cooper will also be speaking at St. Luke United Methodist Church’s “Night Alive” event on March 29 at 6:30 pm. This event will be open to the public or can be viewed at St. Luke’s Edmond location where the event will be streamed.  

ABOUT: RIVERSPORT OKC is a US Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for both rowing and canoe/kayak. The nonprofit organization has hosted numerous national and international canoe/kayak race events including 2016 US Olympic Team Trials for Canoe Slalom, 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup and 2022 Stand Up Paddling World Cup. RIVERSPORT has been selected to host several upcoming international events including the 2025 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup and 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom and Sprint Super Cups. In 2026, RIVERSPORT will host the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. RIVERSPORT is a 501c3 nonprofit located in Oklahoma City.

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