Everyone has dreams and goals they strive to achieve

James Nelson (Bow) and Galen Bernick (Stroke) (above, training on Lake Cachuma w/ Mission Rowing) are on the path to securing their place on the US Olympic Team. The goal? Represent the United States of America on the US Rowing team as the Men’s Lightweight Double.

Competing on the Olympic Stage has been James and Galen’s mission for years. Big dreams require serious fuel, and as the US Rowing Olympic Trials begin in Sarasota the last week in February 2021, they are seeking support from those who believe in them – and believe that big dreams matter.

The boys in this boat could use a little help from their friends.  

This fundraising site was established to help elite rowers prepare to compete at international events representing the United States. But it also has lots of information on the racing venues, heats, and results, links to news articles and updates from the races, as well as some information about the rowers. And if you have any questions, or can’t find things you’d expect to be here, please contact us.

World-class athletes get further faster with a community behind them.

Strength, talent, stamina and grit only take you so farNo athlete with Olympic-sized dreams gets far without their community behind them, cheering in the wings and encouraging them to keep going, even when odds seem long. And this is why we’re asking.

Those of you who know Galen and James may already have a sense of how amazing winning is, and how grateful they are for a shot at representing the stars and stripes on the Olympic stage. It is nothing short of miraculous that they are on this path together over the course of 2020-2021 thanks to family, friends, coaches, mentors, and even kind strangers, all of whom have stepped up to encourage the boys in just the right ways at just the right moments.

With your help in this short term fundraiser, they can remain focused on doing what they love for Team USA. Today they’re aimed at Olympic Trials 1. Tomorrow? Final Qualification, then Tokyo 202(1). 

Let’s get them through Olympic Trials and beyond! Can you help? 

Anything that can help Galen and James set themselves up for success on time, intact, and with everything they need to cross the finish line will be much appreciated!

There are many options for donating: 

This RowFund.Me  campaign –

Immediate and direct funding support / reimbursement to rowers for travel and material costs of competition. NOTE: Donations are not tax deductible, but are much needed/appreciated! To donate toward future events, email us!

Corporate Sponsorship 

Equipment donations/sponsorships, professional services, scholarships and/or other resources support the rowing community at the local level. NOTE: For current and future partnership/sponsorship opportunities, inquire via email: RowFundMe@Gmail.com.

Goal: Get the men’s lightweight rowers, their coach, and equipment to Sarasota and beyond with the resources they need at the time they need them.

  • Fueling and Recovery 
  • Transport and Housing for Training and Racing sites
  • Equipment rental/transport They have rented a Hudson 2x which they have transported across the US both ways.
  • Any funds raised in excess of the goal will be donated directly to charities that help accessibility to the sport.
  • If you wish to donate to either or both rowers to support their pursuit of future events, email us!
Goal: Think global, act local couldn’t be more apt here.  Mission Rowing  has nurtured Galen and James’s talent and rowing skills, and stoked their will to win. Donations to the club are tax deductible and managed through club contacts. 

  • Support for this 202(1) Olympic push can include equipment rental and/or transportation subsidies.
  • Sponsorship begins with conversation. Amateur athletes in the US have rules that impact their ability to participate in sports, and managing financial support/sponsorship appropriately is essential to supporting their ability to compete at elite levels (regional, national, World, Olympic).
  • Email inquiries to:  RowFundMe@gmail.com.  We will gladly answer questions and help connect you to people you need to reach for these discussions!

Whatever support you can provide, including sharing this site, and sending good thoughts with the team, is very much appreciated!