HOCR x Gold Cup Grant Fund

Meet the HOCR x Gold Cup Fund Grants Committee! This committee is responsible for carefully reviewing each application and selecting grantees based on a comprehensive rubric. Each committee member serves as a mentor to a grantee program.

The committee meets frequently to stay updated on each program’s success and to plan events for the rowing community. Stay updated on our upcoming events on the Webinar Page.


Denise Aquino is the former Director of Community Rowing at Row New York and co-host/co-founder of the podcast Rowing In Color. Most recently, Denise joined the Pocock Foundation as their National Inclusion Program Manager.

“With 10+ years of experience coaching underrepresented communities in rowing, I’m excited to lend my perspective to the committee.”


Courtney Wilson has been involved with HOCR for over 24 years, holding positions including Race Director, Race Committee member, and volunteer.

“I want rowing to be a safe, welcoming and accessible home to so many more kids – kids that look like my son and me.”