BENEFITING: Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon
EVENT DATE: May 04, 2014
Thanks for checking out TRRA's First Row Team's page! We would love to have you involved as a runner or donor to help us continue our efforts to get inner city girls involved in a sport that develops their mind and body. Please read about the team below and I invite you to watch the YouTube video so that the girls on the team can tell you what they love about the program and why they are involved. Thank you for your consideration and for your support!
Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA) works to develop and deliver safe, sustainable programs and events that promote the benefits of rowing and paddling to a diverse, growing membership. All funds received from the marathon fundraiser will go to one specific program called First Row.
Founded in 2009, the mission of First Row is to engage Pittsburgh’s urban high school girls in a community-rowing program to cultivate self-discipline, confidence, team building, and improved health. First Row aims to diversify the sport of rowing in Pittsburgh by including female students from Pittsburgh’s economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The lack of athletic programs for women in the urban population places these girls at risk for future health problems experienced by minority populations. First Row meets four times a week during the school year. During this time we work toward reducing participant’s risk for lifestyle-related diseases by helping them increase and maintain their physical activity level. Rowing also teaches them how to approach and handle complex tasks and projects which, in turn, helps to increase their self-confidence as they experience improvement in the sport and in their overall fitness. This combined focus on an active lifestyle along with learning life skills in a team setting, position the girls for future success in the Pittsburgh community.
First Row has and continues to be fully-funded and free to all participants. The financial support we receive from grants and donors goes towards team racing gear, swim lessons, rowing equipment, coaching costs, the cost to travel and compete at local/away races, and having transportation to get athletes to/from practice. In the 2012-2013 season we had over a hundred girls involved on the team with 62 athletes on the active roster for practices and races over the school year. Most of these girls would not be able to pay the cost of joining a team at cost and/or arrange transportation to participate.
Director of Outreach
Three Rivers Rowing Association
300 Waterfront Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15222