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Team Attack Poverty's Mission:


To empower people to attack poverty in their life and community by strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs.




Team Attack Poverty's mission is to empower people to attack poverty in their life and community by strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs.

The Great Pacific Race™ is the World’s ultimate endurance challenge. Ocean row boats of two and four crew compete against others from around the world in an epic journey on the world’s largest ocean from Monterey, California to Waikiki, Hawaii.




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Team Attack Poverty is embarking on a journey across the Pacific Ocean.



The Great Pacific Race™ is the World’s ultimate endurance challenge. Ocean row boats of two and four crew compete against others from around the world in an epic journey on the world’s largest ocean from Monterey, California to Waikiki, Hawaii.

The Great Pacific Race™


Meet The Team


In 2016, Mike and Brian earned 2 Guinness World Records rowing 3208 miles from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua in the Caribbean, following the path that Columbus took.





Mike Matson


Mike Matson is a native Houstonian. He attended Elkins High School where he participated in Speech & Debate, Swimming Boy Scouts, and JROTC. Shortly after 9/11, Mike attended the US Naval Academy on a congressional nomination from Mr. Tom Delay. There, Mike learned to row on the Men’s Heavyweight Crew, and he also first learned critical seamanship and navigation skills.

After graduation, Mike returned to Houston where he married Samantha (they met in 7th grade!) and earned his PhD in Chemistry from Rice. Mike volunteered as a firefighter for six years in the City of Stafford, where he served on the same shift as Anne Sullivan, who tragically lost her life in the infamous Southwest Inn fire of 2013. The team’s boat is named in honor of Anne. Mike currently is a Drilling Engineer and lives in The Heights with Sami and their two great kids, Morgan & Cooper.


Brian Krauskopf


Brian Krauskopf is a native Houstonian. He attended Santa Fe High School where he excelled at football, earning All-State honors and twice qualified for state championships as a powerlifter. Brian went on to play 2 years of football at Blinn College, becoming an All-Conference offensive lineman, before joining and captaining the University of South Alabama’s newly created Division 1 football program while earning a degree in business.

After college, Brian has held multiple management positions at restaurants and fitness studios. Brian currently owns and operates CrossFit Live Oak in the Montrose district, where he coaches and continues to share his passion for fitness with his extended family of athletes including Mike, and Brian’s awesome girlfriend Megan.




Follow Live


Mike and Brian are scheduled to leave Monterrey, California on June 2nd, check out The Captains Log or track track their adventure live through the Great Pacific Race™ Live Race Tracker, Mike’s Delorme, and Social Media!


Live Race Tracker


This is maintained by the Great Pacific Race™. There will be a Yellow Brick tracking device on Anne (Mike’s boat) that will give an update every 4 hours, and you will be able to see where Anne is relative to other boats in the fleet.

Race Tracker

MIKE'S DELORME


Mike will carry a DeLorme InReach on board that will allow texting. This page will track where the text is sent from on a map. See the notes below to understand how the messages will be timestamped.

Mike's Delorme

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Join The Team


Team Attack Poverty is inspired with a mission to Make Every Row Count, by empowering people to attack poverty in their life and community. Help us break the cycle of generational poverty in our community and around the world!

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