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About Us

About Oakland Strokes

We Build Student Athletes

Established in 1974, the Oakland Strokes rowing club welcomes middle and high school students from across the Bay Area to our youth rowing club on the Oakland Estuary.

Nationally recognized college coaches seek our rowers based on the strength of our community and our passion for instilling the best values of rowing. Yes, we make boats go fast, but our larger goal is to build character and commitment in the young men and women of Oakland Strokes.

Oakland Strokes Mission

Our mission is to provide youth rowing for students of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn to row and ultimately compete at a national level, in an environment that nurtures development of character, strength of commitment and passion for excellence.  

Community Focus

The Oakland Strokes is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission of teaching rowing to the youth community of Oakland and the surrounding areas. We offer need-based scholarships for all of our programs and have developed a community outreach program by which we reach out to the local community to find individuals who will benefit from our club.

A life changing experience

We’ve sent scores of student athletes to prestigious college rowing programs across the country. Our alumni tell us again and again that the self-confidence, determination and lifelong friendships they forged at Oakland Strokes are among the most important treasures of their lives.

Major competitions

Our boats consistently place and win at regional, national and world championships and are invited to prestigious international rowing events such as the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames in London and the Head of the Charles in Massachusetts. The Strokes have won 19 National Championships and countless Southwest Regional Championships. We are looking for individuals who are hungry to compete!

National Championships:

1975 Women's Youth 8+
1978 Women's Youth 8+
1979 Men's Youth 4+
2003 Women's Lightweight 8+
2004 Men's Youth 4+, Women's Youth 8+, Women's Lightweight 8+
2009 Women's Youth 2-
2011 Men's Youth 4+
2012 Women's Youth 8+, Women's Lightweight 8+
2013 Women's Lightweight 8+
2014 Women's Youth 8+, Women's Lightweight 8+
2015 Men's Youth 8+
2016 Men's Youth 8+, Women's Youth 4+
2017 Women's Lightweight 8+
2018 Men's Lightweight 8+