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  • December 08, 2017 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (Dec. 8, 2017) - The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA), a nonprofit community-based organization founded in 2010, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The grant will be used for the construction and management of the BSRA’s new rowing center under construction at 405 Ohio St. in Buffalo’s Old First Ward on the Buffalo River.

    This significant assist, the largest gift of philanthropic support in the organization’s history, will help BSRA nearly cap off its $2.1 million capital campaign, joining other supporters including Mr. & Mrs. James Wadsworth, The John R. Oishei Foundation, The Seneca Nation, M&T Bank, The Baird Foundation, William Paladino, The Local Ironworkers, and Ellicott Development Company. According to the BSRA, $250,000 is remaining to complete the campaign.

    In addition to construction, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s grant will also provide support for BRSA to hire two additional full-time staff to assist with the management and programming of the boathouse.

    Construction is currently underway on the new boathouse, which will be named the Patrick Paladino Memorial Boathouse based on the original donation of land from the Paladino family to BSRA. 

    “My family is very grateful for this very generous donation from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation that will provide us the majority of the remaining proceeds necessary to get the building completed by spring 2018,” said William Paladino, CEO of Elliott Development. This donation, along with the donations and support of all our other donors and friends, has made this project a reality at last. Our hope is this facility will have a positive impact on the young minds and schoolchildren it will mainly serve, along with all others using the facility.”

    When completed, the new boathouse on Ohio Street will annually serve 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. A final phase, after erecting and enclosing the boathouse, is currently underway to build in sidewalks, landscape, walkways, railings, dock installation, ramping and other comfort amenities for guests to the Middle Harbor. 

    “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 truly honored and humbled to be awarded such a significant grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and will do our very best to honor Mr. Wilson’s great legacy by building a facility that will benefit every segment of our society.”

    “This was a great opportunity to join other funders in helping to bring the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association closer to the finish line in completing the new boathouse,” said Jim Boyle, Vice President of Programs and Communications for the Foundation. “We’re not only excited for this project to introduce new water sports and recreation opportunities to more students from the local public schools and the broader community, but also the potential for this center to connect to other recreational paths for walking and hiking around the Middle Harbor and the Buffalo River.”

    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 currently serves scholastic members from seven local high schools including South Park, Bishop Timon - St. Jude, Buffalo Seminary, Canisius, Mount Mercy Academy, St. Mary's of Lancaster and Maritime Charter School.

    For more information on the BSRA, please call 855-1600 or visit You can also follow the organization on Facebook at for frequent updates.


    About the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA)

    In 2009, a group of life-long rowers established the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association with the intent of expanding the footprint of the sport of rowing in Western New York. With three boats and 30 athletes, the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association was born. The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA), a 501 (c) 3, is an association of seven scholastic rowing teams and community based rowing clubs with an expressed purpose to facilitate safe and equitable access to the Buffalo River for new and emerging rowing programs and the general public. The association is a rowing cooperative requiring each member group to assume responsibility for its programs to the extent financially possible.

    Because Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association acts as a facilitating organization, all member groups have a strong decision-making role within BSRA. Each member organization has a seat on the BSRA Board of Directors. This guarantees a direct role in day-to-day rowing operations as well as charting the future of the Association. Currently, there are seven scholastic programs including South Park High School, Maritime Charter School, Canisius High School, Buffalo Seminary, Mount Mercy Academy of South Buffalo, Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School and St. Mary’s, as well as an adult program, the Buffalo Masters Rowing Club and a team of breast cancer survivors, We Can Row: Buffalo.

    About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

    The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information visit

  • November 16, 2017 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) is inviting high school age boys to join the newly established Team BSRA Boys. Rowing experience is not required and there are no cuts — everyone practices and everyone competes!

    Rowing is a four-season sport and BSRA teams compete locally, nationally and in Canada. Rowing is also a non-contact sport that provides a full-body exercise. There are opportunities for athletes of all sizes.

    Team BSRA Boys is open to any high school boy who wants to be part of a competitive rowing team and is currently attending a school that does not have a rowing program.

    Informational meetings will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St., Buffalo. Winter crew practice starts at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Old First Ward Community Center. Team coaches are Patrick Kenney and Matthew Yeksigian.

    Winter/spring dues are $200 plus a $125 regatta fee. For more information on Team BSRA Boys, please email

    Founded in 2010 and located at 405 Ohio St., the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. For more information, please call 855-1600 or follow the organization on Facebook at for frequent updates.

  • October 23, 2017 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Saturday, Oct. 21, turned out to be a beautiful fall day for the Head of the Buffalo Regatta! Thank you to all the participants, families, staff and volunteers who helped make the event a huge success! Many photos have been posted on our Facebook page. Here's the link:

  • October 12, 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    Four teams of young rowers will compete in Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Head of the Buffalo Regatta hosted by the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA). The event will kick off from the BSRA boathouse at 405 Ohio St.  

    Competing in the event will be Team BSRA Girls, as well as teams from Buffalo Seminary, City Honors and Mercyhurst High School in Erie, Pa. Racing will take place from approximately 9:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Founded in 2010, the nonprofit BSRA provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. The organization offers high school, adult (masters), Learn to Row and We Can Row programs. 

    For more information on the BSRA, please follow the organization on Facebook at for frequent updates.

  • October 10, 2017 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    The BSRA girls team attended the Head of the Genesee Regatta in Rochester this past weekend, and we had two boats that earned third place medals!

    Our Jr. women’s 4x team consisted of Grace Graney, Chloe Freedenberg, Olivia Nasternak and Sabrina Lonas. Our Jr. women’s lightweight 4+ featured Erin Jackson, Olivia Nasternak, Grace Graney and Kerry Sullivan, coxed by Kathryn Bergman.

    Great job, rowers!

  • August 01, 2017 3:14 PM | Anonymous

  • July 21, 2017 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    Interested in rowing in the heart of Buffalo and enjoying unique sites such as the grain elevators and Canalside from the water? Looking for a good workout, want to learn a new skill or just have some fun with a great bunch of people?

    The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) will host six Learn to Row classes for adults from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 8 to 10 a.m. Sundays from Aug. 13-24. Participants will meet at the BSRA boathouse at 405 Ohio St. in Buffalo, and the cost is $200 for the six sessions. For more information or to register for Learn to Row, please email or contact Meg Lauerman at 697-0950 or

    Additionally, BSRA will hold a two-week Learn to Row Summer Camp for children ages 12 to 17 beginning July 31 and ending on Aug. 11. Camp days will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great way to find out what rowing is all about, with training provided by experienced instructors who are accomplished rowers themselves. The cost is $250; please visit to register or call 855-1600 for more information.

    Founded in 2010, the nonprofit BSRA provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. The organization currently offers high school, adult (masters), Learn to Row and We Can Row programs. 

    For more information on the BSRA, please  follow the organization on Facebook at for frequent updates.

  • June 21, 2017 10:53 AM | Anonymous


    June 19, 2017

    Rowing program for female cancer survivors has a new home at 405 Ohio Street

    Buffalo, N.Y. – This summer, WeCanRow Buffalo, NY will move to a new home at the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association’s (BSRA) new Patrick Paladino Memorial Boathouse at 405 Ohio Street. WeCanRow Buffalo, NY is a wellness and rehabilitation program designed for female cancer survivors.


    WeCanRow Buffalo, NY began in 2009 by two cancer survivors: Lisa DeMarco, an Assistant Professor in the Chiropractic Program at D’Youville College, and Lisa Wind, a retired NYS Department of Corrections Officer. WeCanRow Buffalo, NY is a volunteer-directed, not-for-profit educational and support organization. 

    “The goals of WeCanRow Buffalo, NY are to promote a healthier lifestyle by building physical strength, endurance, and to empower women who are in different phases of survivorship through participation in sweep rowing. The program will give female cancer survivors a sense of body control, help them rebuild physical strength and spirit towards a renew self-image while developing a sense of camaraderie,” according to DeMarco


    WeCanRow-Boston, founded in 2002, is the original chapter of the National WeCanRow program, which has affiliates across the country. The program was founded by Olympic gold medalist Holly Metcalf.


    The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA), founded in 2010, provides community access to rowing on the Buffalo River. Currently there are high school, adult (masters), and Learn-to-Row programs rowing out of the boathouse on 405 Ohio Street. BSRA is an association where each program operates independently, sharing the facility and working together to advance the sport of rowing.

    Work is underway on a new boathouse to be named the Patrick Paladino Memorial Boathouse. Once complete, the five-bay, two-story boathouse will accommodate 75 shells, with additional space for training, locker rooms and boat repair facilities.  Phase II, which includes erecting and enclosing the boathouse, is currently underway.


    “Our mission is to seek an increase in recreational activity for our community members through rowing, a variety of water sports, and exercise achieved in hiking or walking on the proposed pathways of the Middle Harbor and The Buffalo River. Our site is open to the public,” said Mark Kostrzewski, President of the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association. “We seek an increase in access to Ohio Street and opportunities for environmental stewardship and are dedicated to the upkeep of the land and fresh water at our location and property on Ohio Street.”


    The BSRA seeks increases in waterfront access and advancement for the community. The organization believes in building strong and successful scholastic rowing teams and expanding community’s access to the water.

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    Contact Information:

     Lisa DeMarco at or 716-983-4766

    or Jesse Baier at or 226-929-3869

  • May 16, 2017 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    It was a great Mother's Day weekend for the high schools and BSRA team at NYS Scholastic Championships! Congratulations to all of our teams.

    HUGE congratulations to our Junior Women's double winning the Joe Creed Cup! PC: Kim Lonas

    Find more results from NYS Champs here:


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