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Mike Matson, David Alviar & Brian Krauskopf

United States

their journey

Having been on nuclear submarines and amphibious assault ships, Mike feels at home on the ocean. Mike learned to row as a member of the Naval Academy’s Heavyweight Crew and returned that knowledge to Houston where he now coaches the Rice Rowing Club with David. After getting a PhD in Chemistry studying radioactivity and nanotechnology for cancer detection, Mike became a university professor at University of Houston-Downtown.

As a former all-conference collegiate football offensive linemen, Brian knows all too well about the hard work and sacrifice it takes to make a dream a reality. When Brian is not working towards preparing himself and the boat, he can be found coaching and managing at ROW Studios in Houston. ROW brought Brian not only to rowing but also to Mike and David who hooked him on the idea of making this epic crossing across the Atlantic Ocean.

Rowing has been the defining experience in David’s life. Joining Texas Crew at the University of Texas at Austin, David took to the sport like a fish to water. Fundamentally changing his outlook on life though crew, rowing has taught David discipline, teamwork, and perseverance. Following college, David moved into education through Teach for America Houston and now works as Product Marketing Manager at Accelerate Learning and at ROW Studios alongside Brian.

their charities

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $40,000,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for several key breakthroughs.

Teach for America trains people — diverse and passionate — to become teachers by starting in low-income classrooms, where the stakes are highest. Their people can dramatically expand students’ opportunities and gain a better understanding of the problems and the opportunities in the education system and use those lessons to define their path forward.

The Anne McCormick Sullivan Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 after the Southwest Inn fire tragically took the lives of four Houston Firefighters, including Anne. The Foundation was started in her name with the purpose of assisting women in pursuit of a career in professional firefighting.

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