Row New York began in 2002 on Meadow Lake in Queens to increase academic and athletic opportunities for girls living in some of New York’s most under-resourced communities. Since that time, we have evolved into a nationally-recognized sports-based youth development organization serving 240 middle school and high school students from low-income neighborhoods, 1,500 teens in public schools and juvenile detention centers, and over 200 individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Row New York participants row out of the World’s Fair Boathouse on Meadow Lake in Queens, the Peter Jay Sharp boathouse on the Harlem River in Manhattan, and the Paerdegat Basin Boathouse in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Our programs empower participants to become strong, healthy, competitive athletes, and curious, highly motivated students with a love of learning and a capacity for realizing their full potential. As athletes learn stroke technique and build strength and fitness, they develop the confidence and endurance to push beyond their limits.
The impact of the Row New York experience is profound. Even for those who come to Row New York with college aspirations, many attend or will attend high schools where graduation is not a guarantee for all, and college a remote possibility for many. We are incredibly proud of their many accomplishments, which include:
- 100% of our student-athletes graduate high school
- 94% of Row New York participants have graduated, or are on track to graduate college, many on scholarship.
- 80% of our 2016 graduating seniors will be first generation college students. Among the colleges and universities our seniors will attend are: Columbia University, Hamilton College, Ithaca College, Queens College, Smith College, St. Francis College, SUNY Albany, SUNY New Paltz, and Vassar College.