Ready, Row! USA #81 – “A Most Beautiful Thing”

 In Ready Row USA

In this episode, you will meet the inspiring principals in the documentary “A Most Beautiful Thing” – Arshay Cooper, Alvin Ross, Preston Grandberry, Malcolm Hawkins, and Ray “Pookie G” Hawkins, and their first coach, Ken Alpart. The newly released film, directed by Olympic rower Mary Mazzio (50 Eggs Films), is drawing deep praise across the country. Boston rower Mona Granucci (#communityrowing) hosts this episode, produced by PiercePress.

The documentary explores the safety and brotherhood these young men found on the water (“we were in a place where we could not hear the sound of sirens”), as well as the trauma of violence and cyclical poverty that they endured first-hand. The documentary explores how these young men were able to support each other in re-imagining a different future for themselves, and how rowing and the water drew them to that opportunity. These young men came together, after 20 years out of the boat, to race this past summer, not only to celebrate the team’s founding, but the fact that they are still alive and thriving. This is their story.

Ready, Row! USA series text, graphics, audio, and video © by Pierce Press; all rights reserved.

Episode Links & Hashtags:
  1. About the film: 50Eggs Films site for A Most Beautiful Thing, the movie
  2. Action item: Donate to Pocock Foundation‘s A Most Beautiful Thing Fund, which supports programs and opportunities for young rowers of color.
  3. ReadyRowUSA Cast & Crew: Charlotte Copp, StationL Rowing Club; Kymberly Reynolds, Recovery on Water, Charlotte Pierce & Mona Granucci, Community Rowing Boston; Charlotte Pierce, Pierce Press (producer)
  4. Gadgets & Gear: Submit your favorite rowing widgets & gadgets  HERE!
  5.  Club News: Submit your club news HERE!
  6. Sponsor Deals & Discounts: CLICK HERE for the inside scoop on sponsors like NK Sports, and our Help Rowing Retailers Recover program!

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Please select all the ways you would like to hear from RowingChat:
You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.
We use MailChimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to MailChimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.
Recommended Posts

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Start typing and press Enter to search