Philadelphia City Rowing ("PCR") is a privately funded non-profit organization founded in 2010 in response to the challenges facing youth in Philadelphia. Years of under-funding have resulted in many after-school activities, including sports teams, being cut. At the same time, Philadelphia high school dropout rates have remained among the highest in the nation, leaving many students "at risk". The founders of PCR sought to draw on the rich rowing history of Philadelphia and the proven power of sports to improve student academic achievement.
Rowing is a demanding sport that also requires exceptional discipline, perseverance, and team work. PCR works to reinforce these values and to help student-athletes apply them in all aspects of their lives. PCR's programs are offered free of charge to district students in grades 7-12. Our multifaceted programming leverages staff, volunteers, and community partners to provide all PCR students with a variety of services and opportunities for growth and development.