A large body of research shows that young people who participate in sports benefit physically, socially and academically. The mission of PCR is to use competitive rowing as a vehicle for the positive development and empowerment of each of our athletes.

Through rowing, participants learn invaluable lessons of teamwork, perseverance, dedication and commitment.  They see a direct correlation with the time and effort they put in at practice and the success they achieve in racing.  Our participants come from all backgrounds and walks of life, but are united through their love of rowing and their common goal of being the best they can be.

What is Rowing?

  • Rowing is the ultimate team sport. Athletes need to synchronize their body movements with others in the boat in order to keep the boat balanced and moving smoothly.
  • PCR focuses primarily on “sweep” rowing, which means that each rower will hold one long oar with both hands. There are three different types of boats for sweep rowing: pairs, fours and eights.
  • Rowers sit on a small moving seat facing the back of the boat (the “stern”) and use the oar to propel the boat forward  (to the “bow”).
  • Rowing is one of the oldest Olympic sports. Did you know that some of the world’s most famous Olympic rowers live and train here in Philadelphia?

Why YOU should join!

  • PCR is a free program offered to all public high school students in the School District of Philadelphia.  Everything from uniforms to entry fees to equipment and coaching is provided entirely free of cost.  Typical school-based programs can cost families anywhere from $500 to $1500 a season.  PCR believes that rowing should be available to all children in Philadelphia, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Rowing is one of the fastest growing sports at the collegiate level.  For those who do well in rowing and keep their grades up, there are more opportunities for college recruitment and scholarships than there are in ""mainstream"" sports.
  • PCR is dedicated to creating a safe, positive, and empowering environment for young people to challenge themselves, push their limits, and achieve their goals.  Download Parent's Guide