OCU also has played an important role in the development of the Oklahoma River.
“We were the first university to have a rowing team,” Henry said. “We are very proud of that fact.”
Rowing coach Mike Knopp was instrumental in pushing development of the river as a rowing venue. It is now one of the premier rowing sites in the country and the national headquarters for USA Canoe/Kayak, the governing body for Olympic flat-water sprints and white-water kayaking.
“We are so pleased to have been involved from the very start, but I’ll also tell you this, those rowing students we get are very smart,” Henry said. “They get up about 4:30 every morning and go down there and work out. I don’t know how they do it.”
The river is a good example of how the city and OCU can have a mutually beneficial relationship, Henry said.