S6:EP10–Michael Wyman, North Channel Community Rowiing

Join us for S6:EP10 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Michael Wyman, President of North Channel Community Rowing sits down with our host; Roy Kessel to share his journey to start North Channel Community Rowing.

Michael comes to NCCR with over ten years of coaching experience at the high school level. He rowed both in high school and college and is a USRowing Level 3 certified coach. He has contributed to winning four national championships with his novice boys high school rowing team, but is most proud of helping his rowers become outstanding students, good community citizens and setting them up for success in college and beyond.

Michael is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and also earned his MBA at Dartmouth College. He has worked with young children for over 25 years through previous volunteer work with Junior Achievement, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters and his church. Michael brings previous experience in fundraising, recruitment and program development to NCCR, and is excited about bringing its mission to fruition.


What NCCR stands for:

North Channel Community Rowing (NCCR) is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting diversity and access to the sport of rowing through youth programs targeting under-represented students in the Evanston, IL. NCCR aims to cultivate a passion for reaching one’s highest potential through exposure to an exciting sport that instills lifelong values, camaraderie and discipline.

Guiding Principles:

ACCESS: Strive for inclusivity and availability for all, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability to pay.

EMPOWERMENT: Build self-esteem and a broad depth of strength through leadership, teamwork and accountability.

WELLNESS: Introduce a fun and rewarding sport that teaches hard work and discipline while improving health and building fitness in a unique team environment.

S6:EP10: Michael Wyman of North Channel Community Rowing joins our host Roy Kessel on the Sports Philanthropy Podcast

Highlights of Michael’s Podcast

  • 00:30 Origin and background for NCCR
  • 02:00 Michael’s passion for sports
  • 02:30 Started rowing in 10th grade
  • 05:00 Influence from New Trier High School
  • 06:30 Engagement with US Rowing
  • 08:30 Challenges in starting a foundation
  • 11:00 Growth of the program and increased diversity
  • 13:00 Introducing sport to those who have not experienced rowing
  • 16:30 Importance of swimming training
  • 19:00 Launching on mentoring program
  • 20:30 Importance of diversity in mentoring program
  • 22:00 Launch of rowing at Evanston Township High School
  • 24:30 Winter training and summer camps
  • 27:30 Michael as Commissioner of NHL

Website and Social Media

  • Website: https://NCCRowing.org
  • Facebook: https://facebook.com/northchannelcommunityrowing
  • Instagram: https://Instagram.com/northchannelcommunityrowing
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Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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