Need For Our Programs


Empowerment through Rowing and Academics Program for High School Boys & Girls

  1. The New York City public high school graduation rate was 65% in 2010.
  2. The New York State Department of Education estimates that fewer than 30% of New York’s 2010 high school graduates were college ready.
  3. Roughly 75% of New York City’s high school graduates who enter community college must take remedial math or English courses before they begin college-level work.
  4. Only 39% of adults in the U.S. hold college degrees (associates or above), a rate that has remained flat for the past 40 years.
  5. Only 21% of African-American adults hold college degrees.
  6. Only 13% of Latino adults in the U.S. hold college degrees.
  7. By 2018, more than 60% of American jobs will require a college degree.
  8. 100% of those who have completed the ERA Program (57 strong, empowered young women) have graduated high school on time, and 56 of the 57 have gone on to college.
  9. The majority of New York City’s public high schools and middle schools fail to provide the state mandated two periods per week of PE time for their students.
  10. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that aerobic exercise improves brain function, helps young learners to focus and retain information, and leads to positive educational outcomes.
  11. Female athletes earn better grades, score higher on standardized tests, and are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college than their non-athlete peers.

Pre-competitive Rowing Exposure Program for Middle School Girls

  1. According to a recent article in the journal Education Week, “The middle grades are the last, best chance to identify students at risk of academic failure and get them back on track in time to succeed in high school” (Williams, Trish. “Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades.” Education Week. 4 Mar. 2010).
  2. A recent Johns Hopkins study of 30 urban middle schools found that sixth graders who failed math or English, or attended school less than 80% of the time, or received an unsatisfactory behavior grade in a core course had only a 10% to 20% chance of graduating high school on time.
  3. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 22% of New York’s 8th graders are proficient in reading, a deficit of basic skills that affects learning in all subjects.
  4. According to the NAEP, only 35% of New York City’s 8th graders are proficient in math.
  5. Black and Latino students scored an average of 27 points below White students on the math NAEP, and students eligible for free or reduced price school lunch (an indicator of low family income) scored 24 points below those not eligible.
  6. More than 80% of students who attend the 11 public middle schools Row New York currently draws from are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

Adaptive Rowing Program for Individuals with Disabilities in New York City

  1. According to the May 2010 White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President, “…there is a growing awareness that many activity and health disparities reported among children and adults with disabilities are not necessarily a direct result of the disability, but rather a result of the challenges these individuals face in accessing community services and programs.”
  2. The New York State Department of Education mandates two periods of PE participation for all children and youth in the public schools, but most students in the general education population do not receive even this very limited PE time, while many children and youth with disabilities receive little to none.
  3. Individuals with disabilities are more likely to suffer from depression and social isolation than their able-bodied peers.

Indoor Rowing Program in Pubic Middle Schools

  1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of childhood obesity in the U.S. has tripled since 1980. In adolescents age 12 to 19, obesity rose from 5% in 1980 to over 18% today.
  2. The child obesity epidemic is more severe in New York City: according to the 2007-2008 NYC Fitnessgram, 21% of 600,000 public school students surveyed were obese and an additional 18% were overweight.
  3. Overweight and obese children and youth are at higher risk of a litany of ills, including cardio-vascular disease, type two diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological disturbance.
  4. Overweight and obese youth score lower on standardized tests than their leaner peers, a correlation exhibited in studies both nationwide and specific to NYC.

Indoor Rowing Program in Youth Detention Centers

  1. Over 90% of young people incarcerated in New York City are minority youth from high-poverty neighborhoods.
  2. Although over 50% of children and youth in locked detention in New York City were arrested for non-violent offenses, the detention facilities themselves are extremely violent settings.
  3. Non-contact sports such as Indoor Rowing help detention center residents to be not only fit and healthy but also focused, calm, cooperative, engaged, and connected to staff and peers.