On July 20, NRRA hosted the Hall Neighborhood House where 27 youth learned to take their first strokes and were taught basic rowing skills. Although it was a hot, humid day that didn’t dampen their spirits as they learned about the shells (boats) and were ‘crew’ for the day as they felt what it is like to row on the water. Their counselor, Rachel, was a part of NRRA’s outreach program over 12 years ago herself and continues to provide that same experience for her campers.

Hall Neighborhood House, located in Bridgeport, CT., promotes and empowers a community of lifelong learners who create trusting relationships with one another and participate in high-quality programming. The Mission of Hall is to provide services that will educate, enrich and empower the lives of residents of all ages of the East Side of Bridgeport and the surrounding community. They strive for their youth to try new things, make friends, learn new skills, find inspiration, and grow into the next generation of leaders. They promote a love for learning, so youth will thrive in school, college, work, and beyond.

Similar to Hall’s mission of providing new experiences for their youth, NRRA’s Learn-to-Row program hosts local community members to come and learn about rowing and gain an appreciation for the sport. Classes are geared toward middle school and early high school athletes new to the sport where they can have the opportunity to learn what rowing is all about. An outreach program for all youth across all skill sets.

Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing. It is dedicated to providing wellness and competition among adult members, and athletic and educational opportunities for the youth of all surrounding communities, including Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston, and Wilton in CT, as well as Bedford, Cross River and Pound Ridge in NY. Our world-class coaching staff provides a comprehensive program of rowing courses and activities for both youth and adults of all ability and income levels, in a fun and friendly environment from our site on the Norwalk River. Visit www.NorwalkRiverRowing.org more information on the club and programs.

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