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texas rowing for all camp

Texas Rowing For All’s mission is to provide programs that build self-esteem, confidence, fitness and lasting friendships for people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities through inclusive rowing and paddling.  

Our Mission


Raised in Austin, Matt Knifton, a partner at Texas Rowing Center since 1999, was a University of Texas Crew member from 1986 to 1990 and trained for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team. In 2009, he co-founded Texas Rowing For All to offer rowing and paddling for individuals with disabilities. Currently serving as President of the Board for TRFA, Matt is dedicated to making Austin a leader in inclusive recreation. A seasoned rower, attorney, husband, and father of two, Matt champions accessibility in sports.

Matt Knifton

Board President

As Executive Director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD), Dennis, a seasoned advocate, influences disability policies with 28 years in nonprofit management. Appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, he contributes to advisory councils, playing a vital role in initiatives like CTD's Team Everest expedition. A former teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, Dennis garners national recognition for creating opportunities in inclusive community development.

Dennis Borel

Board Vice President

Steve, CFO at GO2 for Lung Cancer, a Washington DC-based non-profit, brings 35 years of finance and business expertise, transitioning to the non-profit sector in 2019. His diverse experience includes Fortune 500 companies and startup ventures. Steve, a licensed CPA, holds degrees in accounting and an MBA in finance. A rowing enthusiast since college.  Steve has three grown children, he resides in Georgetown with his wife, two Great Pyrenees dogs.

Steve Raich

Board Treasurer

Vincent, a seasoned Marketing & Communications Consultant, brings diverse experience in academia, print advertising, and radio. Specializing in promoting radio features and advocating for educational programs, he excels in event planning and execution. Vincent, a Masters Level competitive rower with the Austin Rowing Club, holds a BAAS degree from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

Vince Perez

Board Secretary

Julie, with a background in financial administration and business management, now dedicates time to a local non-profit, engaging with children. In retirement, she actively volunteers with organizations offering recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. An enthusiastic alpine skier, Julie leads an annual trip to the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado for 15 years. Her love for outdoor activities includes camping, water skiing, sailing, and paddleboarding

Julie Maloukis

Board Member At Large

In 1996, Greg overcame a severe leg injury, competing in cycling races just a year later. Named to the US Disabled World Cycling Team in 1998, he secured 3rd place at the 2008 US Paralympic Cycling Nationals. Greg discovered rowing in 2009, excelling in adaptive competitions and earning medals at regattas. With a BS in Mechanical Engineering, MBA, and ongoing Computer Science studies, Greg contributes expertise to TRFA as a board member and website manager.

Greg La Komski

Board Member At Large

Roger Brannon, a retired Air Force officer and decorated Vietnam War veteran, joined our board to champion rowing for individuals with intellectual disabilities. With a background in coaching Special Olympics and a real estate business in Austin, Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Psychology. He takes pride in his six successful children and six energetic grandsons.

Roger Brannon

Board Member At Large

Diane, a dedicated community volunteer and parent of a child with multiple disabilities, serves on the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities and the STAR Kids Managed Care Advisory Committee. A former Board Member of Sammy's House, she advocates for inclusive services. Diane, a speaker at national conferences, works as a product manager at a telecommunications company. She resides in Austin with her husband and three children.

Diane Kearns

Board Member At Large

Emily, a passionate advocate for wellbeing through recreation, discovered her love for rowing while briefly on the Texas Women’s Rowing team. Actively involved in nonprofits since 2014, Emily, with a background in Kinesiology and Health, holds a Master's in Sport Administration, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences. In spare moments, she enjoys racquetball, pickleball, and paddleboarding.

Emily Howell

Board Member At Large

Our Partners

Our Staff

Tony Kuhn 

Executive Director

Monica Velez

Adaptive Rowing Coach

Susan Temming

Adaptive Rowing Coach

Casey Dickerson

Adaptive Rowing Coach

Samantha Vega

Paddling Coach

Kevin Mullen 

Paddling Coach

Vivian Osterweil

Paddling Coach

What Drives Us

Texas Rowing for All strives to provide programs that build self-esteem, confidence, fitness and lasting friendships for people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities through inclusive rowing and paddling.

TRFA promotes and provides opportunities for active participation in water sports, including rowing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddling and outrigger canoeing. TRFA programs provide individuals with an avenue for accessing and finding success in the pursuit of preventive health care / wellness; learning through experience; and having fun through water sports participation.


Our Mission

The Texas Rowing For All program was created in the Summer of 2008 as a volunteer-based grassroots initiative and in 2009 TRFA was designated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

In April 2009, the United States Olympic Committee selected us as a Paralympic Sports Club, a major accomplishment for both Austin and Texas Rowing For All. Back then, we were one of only three rowing organizations nationwide with this designation. Today, numerous Paralympic Sports Clubs have embraced water sports in their adaptive offerings. Our journey continues, making waves in adaptive sports.


Our Story

Texas Rowing For All partners with the Texas Rowing Center (TRC) on Lady Bird Lake, our main hub for water sports activities. TRC provides storage, dock space, and equipment access, enhancing our programs. Visit

Our flexible programs cater to the preferences of participants, offering one-on-one support to anyone, regardless of ability. Program staff work closely with participants to set and track goals, celebrating every step toward personal achievement. Join us for a personalized and empowering water sports experience. We will do whatever we can to help anyone wanting to participate in Texas Rowing for All programming.


Our Present

We work hard to assist, support and help people with disabilities to achieve their personal athletic water sport goals. Additionally, we encourage and support participants in TRFA programs to train and participate in local and national Paralympic Events. 


One of the subset goals of the Texas Rowing for All programming is to integrate members of the adaptive rowing programs with non-disabled Texas Center Rowing members or other community rowing teams. It is anticipated that disabled rowers will increase their confidence and rowing competence in order to join other recreational and competitive teams and participate in local and national regattas.


Our Future

Our Sponsors

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