Row New York Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:58:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dahmein McFadden: Power of 3:00 Ambassador Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:14:49 +0000 We are thrilled to announce that Dahmein McFadden, our Chief Program Officer, was selected to join a team of passionate and action-oriented ambassadors for the New York State Network for Youth Success.

As a Power of 3:00 Ambassador, Dahmein will work to raise awareness about the effects of afterschool programs on students and families. Within his advocacy role, he will represent youth by speaking to New York state elected officials and their constituents. Only eight individuals were chosen for the program within New York, and their advocacy efforts will take place both on state and national levels.

Dahmein McFadden

Dahmein McFadden, our Chief Program Officer, was selected to join a team of passionate and action-oriented ambassadors for the New York State Network for Youth Success.

Dahmein’s cohort hail from a variety of youth-serving nonprofits which represent a menu of afterschool programs including those that teach about careers, college, healthy eating, and fitness. “The other seven members of this group are just as good as I am and I can pick their brains. They can tell me how they’re doing things and what works,” Dahmein says in working with a group full of diverse expertise.

“I may not be great at a lot of things, but I think I’m great at community development.”

Dahmein’s decision to apply for this opportunity was driven by his passion for working with young people and his many years working in community development.

He plans on using the experience to gain knowledge, information, and the tools to educate young leaders who will in turn educate the next generation of youth. As an ambassador, he will speak to elected officials about providing funding for afterschool programs and will also focus on strategic planning to help programs expand. On his to-do list – help grow Row New York’s community while showing others the amazing work that is done at non-profits like us.

“We aren’t a babysitting service that just gives kids milk and cookies and has them watch Sesame Street. We teach them life skills. We teach them about teamwork, how to live and how to interact with people who don’t look like them so they can grow into positive and amazing people.” – Dahmein on the afterschool programs

This is an exciting time for both Dahmein and Row New York and we look forward to seeing all of the goodness that will result from his ambassador role. Thank you Dahmein for your amazing efforts for New York’s youth and beyond!

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Philly Youth – Race Results Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:00:11 +0000 By Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Assistant

Last weekend, our crews went to the Philadelphia Youth Regatta. It’s the 6th year we have competed at this regatta, and have watched the competition grow. This year, crews from as far as Chicago, as well as local Philadelphia teams, brought the heat to race day.


Photos by Karo Beygzadeh

The regatta was the perfect opportunity to show non-racing Row New York athletes everything they’ve been training for. Both our Queens Middle School and Brooklyn High School athletes traveled to watch our Manhattan High School and Middle School athletes on race day.

Many of our athletes experienced their first regatta ever and also visited the historic UPenn boathouse to learn about rowing at the collegiate level. This experience was memorable, to say the least. It showed Row New Yorkers it’s worthwhile to push themselves to their limit both athletically and academically.


For many of our middle school athletes, Philly Youth was their first real racing opportunity. For our new high school varsity athletes, the regatta was their first time racing against more experienced rowers. Together we learned more about the rowing world and how competitive we need to be in the coming seasons (and also how to race in less-than-ideal conditions – 90+ degrees and sunny).Our crews competed in eight events – here are the full results:

Our crews competed in eight events – here are the full results:

Boys JV 2x – 4th of 6
Boys V4x – 6th of 6
Boys V8+ – 4th of 5
Girls JV 2x – 5th of 5
Girls V2x – 5th of 5
Girls JV4+ – 4th of 4
Girls V8+ – 4th of 6
Mixed MS8+ – 4th of 4

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Brilliance and Bravery Forum Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:58:57 +0000 By Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Assistant

Summer is here! While many of us are soaking up the sunshine, our graduating seniors are busy finalizing financial aid packages, living arrangements, registration, and transportation for their next chapter: college.

At Row New York, we strive to get all our youth to and THROUGH college. The months leading up to starting school can be tough. There are many decisions to be made and things to get in order: which dorm to live in, which classes to take, and which clubs to join. Many of our students are also first generation college students, which adds to the questions surrounding financial aid, scholarships, and jobs.

Each year we host the Brilliance and Bravery forum to give our recent graduates a chance to connect with Row New York alumni and ask the hard questions that other adults in their life may not be able to answer.

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This year’s Brilliance and Bravery Forum

This year’s forum brought together staff, alumni, volunteers and our incoming college freshmen for some frank conversations.

Knowing that college can be hard to navigate, a portion of our forum was dedicated to teaching students about how and where to ask for help. Students answered trivia questions about campus locations which offer resources (learning fun facts like the Bursar’s Office helps with finances).

Alumni and coaches had their moments of brilliance during a panel where students asked them for their best advice, including sharing their personal experiences with obstacles they faced.

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Here’s our sage alumni advice to incoming freshmen:

On registration:

“Double check what your advisors tell you and constantly make sure you’re on track.”


On being a student of color at a predominantly white school:

“Just don’t let it bother you, discourage you or make you quit. Everyone has an opinion and you just have to stay strong and keep going.”


On college parties:

“Go with friends you trust, leave with them at the end of the night. If you don’t know your limits, start really, really slow. Don’t drink and drive.”


On consent:

“It’s important! It should be freely given, can be “revoked” at any time, and it works both ways. No one should shame or guilt you into doing something you don’t want to do.”


On STIs:

“Go get tested together! Then go grab Chipotle.”


On GPAs:

“Freshman year is critical, you don’t want to get caught up in every other activity. You are in college for an education and ultimately, for a job. Keep your GPA high so you won’t have to play catch-up later on.”


Congratulations, Row New York graduates, for all your accomplishments! We know you will continue to make good choices for your education, careers and beyond.  We look forward to hearing about all your upcoming success. Please reach out to anyone on our staff if you need us.

Thank you, Juan Graciano, Nicole Doyle, Amanda Ramdeholl, Jessica Rispoli and Select Equity Group, for making this year’s Brilliance and Bravery Forum a success!

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Adventures at Governor’s Island Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:27:11 +0000 By Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Intern

Our year-round youth programs consist of rowing practices, swimming lessons, and a day for academics. In order to enrich and engage our students during a time that may otherwise lead to “summer slide”  or boredom, our programming is extended during the summer months.

Our middle school summer programming is evenly divided between academics and athletics. Student-athletes spend the morning and afternoon with Row New York. Each day of the week we investigate a different theme for academics, including art, STEM, college, careers, and civics. Kids spend lunch with us and then spend about 2.5 hours on the water working on their technique, teamwork, and fitness. A lot of our middle schoolers look forward to Wednesdays, however, when we go on field trips around the City.  This week we explored Governor’s Island


Photos by Kassandra Nevarez

We started the day bright and early when the Queens and Manhattan teams caught a ferry to the Island. Our middle schoolers were pumped to see New York City from a completely new perspective while on the ferry. When I asked a group of friends what they would be doing if they didn’t come today, one held up their phone, the other said “on my couch, on my phone” – their friends laughed and agreed.


Once we were on the island, everyone soaked in the great views of the city and realized why coaches insisted sunscreen to be slathered on thick. The day was hot and sunny, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm in the air. The first activity of the day was a group bike ride around the island. We raced, strolled and stopped to explore different sites, grab water, and of course, take selfies.


After the athletes saw what the island had to offer, we stopped for lunch (made with love by Asya Rainey, Academic & College Success Coordinator) and hit the playground.


We also walked over to trails surrounded by flowers for some impromptu nature photos. See more photos on our Facebook


This weekend our athletes head to the Philadelphia Youth Regatta, where many will race for the first time. Next week our middle school program will be visiting the Math Museum. Cheers to summer in the City!

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City of Water Day Brings Rowing to Brooklyn Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:41:53 +0000 by Ruby Lyon, Marketing and Communications Manager

It’s been an active summer for Row New York. In addition to the flurry of activities we do with our youth programs (insert college tours, rowing/racing, writing workshops, and field trips) we’re also getting to know our communities through rowing.

If you follow our blog you might remember that we celebrated National Learn To Row Day in June and saw hundreds of people join us in Queens and Manhattan. It was incredible to share rowing with so many people of various ages and abilities. But let’s not forget about our newest rowing site in Canarsie, Brooklyn. We gave residents there a taste of the sport this past weekend during City of Water Day (a Waterfront Alliance city-wide event).

Some participants traveled far and wide to our Brooklyn site while others happened to spot us strolling by. It was exciting to introduce the beautiful stretch of calm water known to our Brooklyn site to all who were interested in learning more about rowing. We got some perplexed looks when we first pitched those wandering by to come row with us. Those to gave it a try, however, quickly realized how fun and safe the experience was.


Like most Learn to Row sessions we started off with land-based drills to learn the rowing stroke.


We weren’t kidding about having some serious fun during our Learn-to-Row classes.


We celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Row America, one of the most generous supporters of the Row New York Brooklyn site.


Canarsie residents got to experience their neighborhood in a new way – from the water.

We also celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Row America, one of the most generous supporters of the Row New York Brooklyn site, alongside board member, Arshay Cooper, and the Brooklyn youth team.

What’s next for the Canarsie neighborhood? We are currently hosting completely free learn to row camps for girls ages 12-18 over the next few weeks. These camps are a perfect introduction to the Row New York program and set participants up to join our year round team if they’re hooked. Eventually, we hope to bring the fantastic adult programming known at our Manhattan boathouse to our Brooklyn site.

For adults interested in taking a half-day immersive Learn-to-Row 1 class with us in Manhattan, register on Eventbrite: July 22, August 5, or September 9All fees from our Learn-to-Row classes go back into our community programs, which move kids through college and empower people with disabilities.

We look forward to connecting with local residents and schools this fall when we host tryouts for high school students. Keep an eye out on our social accounts for updates on our newest location and it’s rowing offerings. Thank you to each person who came out and gave rowing a try with us on Saturday and to our super awesome volunteers!

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Rowing 101 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:12:40 +0000 by Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Assistant

Rowing is an excellent full-body workout. It is the perfect mix of cardio and strength training, it increases your aerobic and anaerobic capacity, and it takes place outdoors and on the water. Further, the rowing stroke can easily be adapted to suit an individual’s physical ability, making rowing a widely accessible sport.

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An important part of learning to row is becoming familiar with the terminology that coaches will use to help you perfect your stroke and keep you safe.

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“Hold Water”: “put the brakes on!”; to do this, immediately square the blades in the water

“Weigh-enough”: (pronounced ”way-nuff”) STOP rowing; variations of this term include “let it run” or “easy all”

“Sit-easy”: “relax, you’re not called on to row”; sit with the legs bent halfway up the slide, the oar handle in your hands, resting in a secure place, and the blade flat on top of the water

Parts of the Stroke

The Catch: describes the body position of the compressed legs, perpendicular shins, forward body position, and straight arms when the blade of the oar is about to “catch” the water

The Finish / The Release: describes the body position of the extended legs, leaned back (10°or 15° is good), and pulled-in arms when the blade of the oar has “finished” the stroke

The Drive: the motion of pulling the oar handle with the legs, then back, then arms while the blade is squared within the water; the motion from the catch to the finish

The Recovery: the motion of pushing the oar handle with the arms, then back, then legs while the blade is out of the water; the motion from the finish to the catch

Arms Away: describes the body position on the recovery when the legs are extended, the torso leaned back and the arms straight, away from the body straight, away from the body

Bodies Over: describes the body position when the legs are extended, the torso leaning forward and the arms straight

Half-Slide: describes the body position when the knees are halfway bent, the torso leaning forward and the arm straight

Sides of the boat

Bow: The front of the boat, is behind you when you row

Stern: The back of the boat, is in front of you when you row

Starboard: the right side of the boat when you are rowing; if you are rowing starboard, your right hand is at the end of the oar with your pinky on the end

Port: the left side of the boat when you are rowing; remember, port and left are 4 letters long; if you are rowing port, your left hand is at the end of the oar with your pinky on the end

Technical Terms

Skying: describes the blade of the oar when it is too high above the water on the recovery

Digging: describes the blade of the oar when it is too deep within the water during the drive

Square: describes the blade of the oar when the oar is perpendicular to the water; e.g., the catch is in the squared position

Feather: describes the blade of the oar when it is parallel to the water; e.g., when using the inside hand to gradually roll-up the oar we go from the feather to the square.

Rolling up: describes the oar-blade’s motion going from the feather to the square; done gradually

Finally, always remember: Never let go of your oar

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Our Alumni Meet the New Office Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:52:09 +0000 By Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Intern

Throughout the year, Row New York hosts events to keep our alumni community strong and active. Last week we welcomed alumni to our new office. The day was full of memories, hugs, and reflection. The day would not have been the same without our wonderful Alumni and College Success Manager, Regina De Los Santos, who welcomed in students, some home from colleges as far as Ohio and Florida.


What is a recent achievement you’re proud of?
During the event, former rowers shared their proud moments, such as earning a license, graduating, and reading some great books. It was wonderful to see such a strong sense of pride and accomplishment among our alumni.


What is your favorite Row New York memory?

We also took a walk down memory lane by telling stories about winning races, terrible weather, capsizing boats, pool parties and college trips.


Medals were awarded to some alumni who were especially helpful in the recent months. Alana Roberto and Nicole Doyle received medals for their stellar work for the Harlem River Classic. They each led a team of alumni to fundraise and race at NYC’s only regatta. Thank you to Alana, Nicole, those who raced and everyone else who helped!

After an exciting raffle, Amanda Ramdeholl and Kelly Arango won movie tickets. Join us next time for your chance to win!


From Regina:
Alumni, keep an eye out for our new alumni committee, headed by Sharmin Uddin. Reach out to her with ideas, suggestions, or anything in general at

Also, keep an eye out for future alumni events (via our social channels and your email inbox) and invite your friends so we can continue to build a strong alumni network.


Thank you Gina, for all that you do!


Mongolian Students Experience Rowing For the First Time Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:11:07 +0000 by Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Intern

Many of our readers are familiar with our School Day Adaptive program, which works with students from District 75. In the spring and fall we host groups of girls with physical and/or cognitive disabilities for an 10-week program, and absolutely love sharing the sport of rowing with them. This spring we were pleased to wrap up another School Day Adaptive season – and had some special international guests.

This month students from Mongolia visited Row New York’s Queens boathouse, with Achilles International, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities participate in sports. They also tried other sports in New York and were excited to get out on the water.

The day started with some dynamic stretching to warm up and avoid injury. Students then moved to the ergs and learned the rowing stroke. We were pretty close to getting out on the water!




After we were familiar with the rowing stroke – legs, body, arms, arms, body, legs – we moved into the barges. Barges are used to introduce athletes to rowing. They are wide and stable, and unlike shells, ports sit next to starboards. Barges are especially good for beginners because coaches can walk up and down the middle aisle and help rowers with their technique. That is much easier than yelling from a launch ten feet away!

At first, rowing is always a little awkward. While taking your first strokes, you have to remember what you learned on the erg and try to do the same while holding an oar and putting it into the water before a stroke and taking it out immediately after. The Mongolian students had this experience but quickly learned how to move the boat. A few minutes after we left the dock, coach Carol pointed out how far the barge had moved. The students were pleased!

Finally, after many strokes and many laughs, the barge returned to the dock. The students clapped and cheered and when asked if they had fun, they all said “YES!”

Another Successful Impact Day With Deloitte Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:29:35 +0000 It was our pleasure to host Deloitte on their Impact Day this month. Today’s guest blog is was written by George Kruglov, of Deloitte. We send a big thank you to all of the volunteers who came together to make our boathouses a better place for our kids and athletes. 

by George Kruglov, Deloitte

June 9, 2017 was the 18th year Deloitte held its annual day of service—Impact Day— which is a longstanding tradition and a celebration of Deloitte’s year-round commitment to collectively make an impact in the community. On Impact Day, Deloitte professionals come together in 80 cities across the country to work on more than 1,000 projects for nearly 190,000 collective hours of service.

This year’s Impact day continued a tradition of Deloitte’s involvement with Row New York with over 50 volunteers comprised of both Deloitte professionals as well as employees of a prominent alternative asset manager worked together to make improvements at Row New York’s Brooklyn and Queens locations.




Volunteers at these locations worked with Row New York staff on a wide range of projects, such as landscaping, painting oars, barges, locker rooms, and bathrooms, assembly of a dock, picnic area, and a large storage tent all designed to beautify and make both sites more functional for the young athletes. The weather cooperated and volunteers enjoyed having an outdoor lunch while learning more about Row New York.

This was a really special opportunity for everyone involved to give back to an organization that does such a wonderful job at making a difference in the lives of youngsters. Row New York’s importance deeply resonates with me as I was introduced to the sport of rowing at a young age and have experienced firsthand the positive impact the sport has especially with regards to teaching the importance of teamwork, selflessness, dedication to hard work and the importance of pushing through all barriers.

I look forward helping organize many more successful events with Row New York.

See more photos from the day of our Brooklyn and Queens volunteers. 

The 2017 Harlem River Classic Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:31:48 +0000 Harlem River Classic is New York City’s only regatta and is hosted by Row New York each summer. It’s a day full of competitive racing and fundraising for our programs. Congratulations to the Wrec It Rec Crew who won our fundraising challenge. The men’s 1829 Club and women’s Rad to the Bone boats claimed first place in our races. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise over $24,000 for Row New York’s programs.

Below is a blog about the day by Alana Roberto, a Row New York alum from the class of 2016. Alana currently attends Queens College.


Alana Roberto graduated from Row New York in 2016. She now attends Queens College and recently raced at the Harlem River Classic.

As over a hundred people gathered at the Peter Jay Sharp boathouse on June 11th, there were a lot of friends, family and teammates there to support one another. Row New York never fails to have each boat look unified with a shirt that is matched which the rest of the people in your boat.

Matt Logue started the day of racing by hosting the coach and coxswain meeting that was beautifully strung together and well-thought-out. The details about the directions of the races and movements after the races finish were all part of the meeting and was probably the most crucial information needed to ensure a smooth day of racing.

Despite the well executed meeting, there were still athletes that couldn’t get around the MTA and their usual delays. The Alumni 8+ event was the first race of the day and the wait for the missing rowers did impede on the race schedule a bit. Once the absent rowers became present, we immediately got hands on to begin the pretty short yet challenging races that were ahead of us.




Every boat got to race two times against different crews. The water conditions were pretty unpredictable, there was an obvious tailwind, but you never know when a surprise wake could sneak up on your crew and unsettle the whole boat. I can’t speak for any other boat, however, I know that happened a few times during the first race for my squad and everyone did their best to hold together to make it work.

After the racing was over, it was great to relax and spend time with the people that my rowing career all started with. Those who came before me as older varsity when I was only a novice, the group of fellow graduates of 2016, and those who are now carrying on the traditions of Row New York.

Overall, the Harlem River Classic was a great day filled with beautiful weather and admirable people. It’s always a remarkable feeling to be on the water and to reconnect with the organization all together.