We believe that the unique combination of rowing plus academic support develops confidence and cultivates a strong work ethic, regardless of background or ability.

Row New York was founded in 2002 based on the premise that the discipline of competitive rowing combined with rigorous academic support yields powerful returns. Rowing instills in athletes a strong work ethic, persistence, and grit. This is particularly evident in the classroom, where focus and determination produce higher grades and college acceptance rates.

In addition, delayed gratification and the emphasis on endurance that rowing demands means our rowers don’t just build strong resolves––they learn that collaboration and cooperation are critical to success. It is this sense of teamwork and trust that is at the heart of our programs.

Since 2002, our programs have impacted the lives of thousands of New York City teenagers, helping to build strong, confident young people ready to tackle the demands of college. We’ve worked with people of all ages, with and without physical and cognitive disabilities, to build strength and a sense of teamwork and tenacity.

At Row New York, we pull together—in the boat, in the classroom, as a community—to help all rowers push ahead.

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