BLJ Rowing had the pleasure of conducting a Learn-To-Row session with The East Side Indoor Rowing Program based in New York City
The East Side Indoor Rowing afterschool program provides 7-12 graders with a fun and challenging dynamic and rhythmic erg training. Their mission is to transform the lives of students in diverse low resource schools through indoor rowing, education, and youth development. They do this by delivering three days a week of fast pace great cardiovascular exercise, academic support, mentorship, youth entrepreneurship, and college readiness. Through indoor rowing students learn the values of physical activity, health, hard work, challenges, self-expression, and social interaction. A goal of the program is to expose every student in New York, regardless of background, to the sport of rowing and provide them with tools they need to have rowing as an option.
During the week of May 9th – 12th, The East Side Program celebrates a “Week Without Walls” a school tradition that allows kids to spend an educational week outside of school. The group choose Philly because it is a rowing city and for some of the students it was the first opportunity to actually be on the water. The focus of the program is on diversity, and the group chose to row with Brannon Johnson, found of BLJ Community Rowing, one of the most diverse community rowing programs in the Philadelphia metro area.
The day started with a tour of the Vesper Boathouse. Students then travelled up river to the BLJ Community Rowing club where they were able to participate in either sweep rowing or sculling. By the end of the afternoon, students completed two water sessions, with a break for lunch which was hosted by BLJ Community Rowers. The day ended with a tour of the Temple Boathouse.
About East Side Indoor Rowing
The East Side Indoor Rowing program was founded by Arshay Cooper in 2016 and is used as a pipeline to get kids on the water with Row New York. Arshay Cooper is an award winning author, US Rowing Golden Oars winner and motivational speaker.