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.