october, 2021

27oct6:30 pmFilm Screening: Arshay Cooper's A Most Beautiful Thing

Arshay Cooper

Event Details

ARSHAY COOPER whose story of how rowing saved his and his teammates lives, is captured in his award-winning film, A Most Beautiful Thing. Arshay will visit Charlottesville to share his experience and show the film.

Arshay Cooper will be joined by Jim Dietz, 6-time Olympian, Frank Biller, UVA’s Director of Rowing, and Craig Redinger, Head Coach of Beaver Creek Sculling and Western Albemarle High School Crew for a discussion on his experiences leading the first all-black rowing team in the country. A viewing of the film will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Contributions are appreciated.

ABOUT ARSHAY COOPER – A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING is based on Arshay Cooper’s award-winning self-
published memoir, Suga Water, now republished by Flatiron under the title, A Most Beautiful Thing. Arshay has said, “As the first black high school rowing team, we thought we were going to change the sport, just like Jackie Robinson changed baseball… but instead, the sport changed us. It saved my life…” Seeking to share his experience with a new generation of young people, Arshay now travels the country putting students from under-resourced neighborhoods in boats on any puddle of water he can find. His teammates have become entrepreneurs and small business owners and carry their team’s message with them wherever they go.



(Wednesday) 6:30 pm


Western Albemarle Auditorium