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Philadelphia City Rowing ("PCR") is a privately funded non-profit organization founded in 2009 in response to the challenges facing youth in Philadelphia and began its first year of programming in the summer of 2010. 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 teamwork.  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 multi-faceted programming leverages staff, volunteers, and community partners to provide all PCR students with a variety of services and opportunities for growth and development.