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PCR wins the Robert P Levy Community Service Award

On June 22, Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) received the 2016 Robert P Levy Community Service Award at the John Wanamaker Athletic Awards during a ceremony and luncheon at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. This Award is presented to an individual or organization that has done the most to “improve the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports.”
“Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) is honored to receive the Robert P Levy Community Service Award,” said Terry Dougherty, Executive Director of PCR. “In just 5 short years, PCR has doubled in size, serving public high school and middle school students.  We believe that by providing mentoring, swimming, and academic support in conjunction with a highly structured athletic program we can close the achievement gap, stem the Philly drop-out epidemic, and put more young people on the path to higher education, inspiring them to reach their full potential by leading healthier lives.”   PCR graduates James Garcia and Imani Johnson both spoke about their experiences at PCR and how the program changed their lives. 
PCR strives to provide an atmosphere that encourages excellence, teamwork, accountability and sportsmanship.  Aiming recruiting efforts to retain "at-risk" students who, historically, have not had access to the sport is a priority.  PCR student-athletes must focus on  their education, and understand the correlation to future success   In order to advance the mission PCR provides academic services, including tutoring and SAT preparation, proficiency in swimming, nutrition education and a mentoring program, which pairs student-athletes with adult role models from the rowing community. This multi-faceted programming leverages staff, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and community partners to provide all PCR student-athletes a wide variety of services and opportunities for development.