About Us

Row New York is the only program of its kind, teaching young people in under-resourced communities the sport of competitive rowing—and through it, the values of teamwork, tenacity, and commitment to self and others. Paired with intensive academic tutoring, our rowing programs have given thousands of teens the motivation and skills to excel both on the water and in the classroom.

Founded in 2002 with one borrowed boat and eight eager rowers at the World’s Fair Boathouse on Meadow Lake in Queens, Row New York is now a thriving organization serving more than 2,200 youth and adults yearly across all our programs, including learn-to-row sessions, training at both novice and master levels, summer campspara-rowing for athletes with disabilities, and team-building days.

In 2012, we gained a second facility, the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse in upper Manhattan, enabling us to double the number of youth we serve year-round. We are eager to bring our model of whole-child empowerment to even more young people in New York City, and are in the early stages of planning for an expansion to a third program site.

We believe in the power of urban rowing to transform lives, and so do our student-athletes:

“I have used my new confidence for making speeches, taking tests, and facing difficult situations. I have been able to control my thoughts and emotions. Fear somehow does not exist anymore.”

“Rowing tells the truth. If we don’t work hard, the boat is slow. If we don’t follow each other, the boat isn’t set. If we don’t put our hearts in, we don’t win.”

“I learned that when I motivate myself I can be wonderful.”

“My experience with Row New York has been amazing.  I knew that I would get physically stronger, but I didn’t know I would get mentally and emotionally stronger.”

“I learned how to be a leader at Row New York.”