RIVERSPORT Celebrates Spring Signing Day with Eight Athletes

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OKLAHOMA CITY (May 9) – RIVERSPORT OKC Juniors Rowing proudly announces the commitment of eight graduating seniors to collegiate rowing programs nationwide. The signing ceremony, held at the Chesapeake Boathouse, marked the official signing of their letters of intent.

Executive Director of RIVERSPORT, Mike Knopp, emphasized the athletes’ dedication. “Today is a proud day for RIVERSPORT Junior Rowing as we celebrate these athletes’ commitment to collegiate rowing,” Knopp said. “Their dedication has been integral to our program’s success, having collectively earned over $12 million in collegiate scholarships. We’re excited to see them excel at the next level.”

The full list of RIVERSPORT athletes graduating and their committed universities includes:

Addy Toll                            Cal Poly Humbolt – Arcata, CA
Nicholas Burks                   Oklahoma Christian University – Oklahoma City, OK
Spencer Crum                    Marist – Poughkeepsie, NY
Jada James                         University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
Camron Knopp                  Oklahoma Christian University – Oklahoma City, OK
Ulyssa Mata Ponce           Purdue – West Lafayette, IN
Ashlyn White                     Monmouth – West Long Branch, NJ
Julia Veal                           University of Albany – Albany, NY

These recruits have secured scholarships which begin with their freshman year but have the potential to continue for their four-year collegiate careers.

“These seniors have left an indelible mark on our RIVERSPORT program with their hard work and leadership,” Head Coach Eric Gehrke said. “Their dedication has been exemplary. We’re immensely proud of their achievements and wish them the best as they embark on their collegiate journey.

OKC RIVERSPORT Juniors Rowing is open to Oklahoma City high school and middle school students and offers more than $30,000 in scholarships every year to help students cover the costs of rowing fees and travel expenses.

For more information about the RIVERSPORT Juniors Rowing Team, please visit https://www.riversportokc.org/get-involved/coached-teams/rowing/junior-rowing-team/  

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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