Featured: 2013 Anita DeFrantz Award Presentation

Golden Oars Awards
November 20th, 2013

Introduced in 2011, the Anita DeFrantz Award for Advancing Diversity in Rowing is given annually to honor leaders in diversity and inclusion and is named in honor of Anita DeFrantz, a 1976 Olympic bronze medalist and a leader and advocate for women’s inclusion in sport.

The Chicago Training Center is this year’s recipient of the Anita DeFrantz Award (Montana Butsch accepting).

View the Video - courtesy USRowing

Feature Video

Some of Our Favorites

Chicago Tonight Story


Channel 11's Christian Farr reports on the growth of CTC programming. The segment includes scenes on the Lincoln Park Boat Club Lagoon, on the Chicago River and at Loyola Law School.

Chicago Tonight

Journey to England


CTC Executive Director Montana Butsch, and rowers Abigail Avila and Argel Herrera join CTC supporters at the 155th Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race on the River Thames sponsored by Xchanging.

Chicago Works

Down to Bubbly Creek


Chicago Works heads down to Bubbly Creek to hang out with Montana Butsch and the kids of the Chicago Training Center.

Chicago Works

The Chicago Sprints


Recently Chicago Works had an opportunity to watch CTC compete in the Chicago Sprints, the largest sprint season regatta in the Midwest.

Chicago Works



ABC Correspondent - and CTC supporter - Karen Jordan Farr chronicled CTC's trip to London to watch the Boat Race and fraternize with the participating squads and London Youth Rowing.

Chicago Works

Print Articles

  • Row360 - Chicago Training Center +

    May,June 2017
    ROW36 -- Breaking the cycle of poverty requires ingenuity and resolve.
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  • Row360 - Chicago Training Center +

    October 2014
    ROW36 -- Giving underprivileged young people the chance to row can have huge benefits.
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  • Rowing Helps Local Teens +

    September 28, 2014
    Chicago -- (Living Healthy - Inspiration) -- CTC is not built strictly speaking to create a national champion every year. The goal is to be competitive. But that’s not the goal in and of itself. .....
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  • New Opportunities for CPS Students +

    April 3, 2014
    Chicago -- (Chicago Sun-Times - High School Cube News) -- The Chicago Training Center’s program that introduces inner-city kids on the South Side and West Side to the sport of rowing has opened up a brand new outlet for CPS students to participate in an after school activity.
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  • Tiro Cup Indoor Rowing Competition +

    February 12, 2014
    Chicago -- (DNAinfo) -- Newbies at the Chicago Training Center rowing program need lots of practice and patience before competing against some of the Midwest's top teams.  Enter the "Tiro Cup".
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Opinion Editorials

Defining values: A roadmap to helping urban youth. | February 14, 2011
Chicago -- (Catalyst Chicago) -- Guest columnist Montana Butsch highlights the focus of the Chicago Training Center in helping bridge the value gap in underserved youth. Full Article


'Bottom-up' approach to make after-school programs more effective. | June 22, 2010
Chicago -- (Catalyst Chicago) -- Guest columnist Montana Butsch. Student achievement and success later in life is achieved when youth have proper support and supervision, and are in an environment conducive to pushing boundaries and with a high bar set for accomplishment. Full Article