Melissa and Tim Ryan and family

Melissa & Tim Ryan

Melissa & Tim Ryan

Both of us feel that rowing provided us with the experiences that, outside of family, defined our young adulthood.  Some of our fondest and happiest memories, as well as our toughest defeats, are associated with the sport.  The camaraderie of training on a university squad, the gradual acquisition of technique, the pressure of race day and, ultimately, the privilege of representing the USA in international competition have enriched our lives beyond measure.

We fully believe in the mission of the NRF.   Support of the US National Rowing team and providing financing for today’s athletes to have similar experiences to our own, and excel even further, is a critical role.   We know Curtis Jordan and many of the coaches personally, and are excited about the talent and experience that they bring to the National Squad.  It is obvious to us how dedicated, talented and extremely hard-working today’s athletes are, and we feel it is a privilege to support their efforts.  Simply put, without the NRF, there would be drastically reduced opportunities for these exceptional athletes to accomplish what they have in international competition.