Philadelphia City Rowing Hires Sarah Pivonka as Academic/Communications Coordinator

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 11, 2014 – Philadelphia City Rowing, which was established in 2010 to empower Philadelphia public school students through the sport of rowing, today announced the hiring of Sarah Pivonka as the organization’s Academic/Communications Coordinator.

“Sarah Pivonka started working with Philadelphia City Rowing in 2013, primarily with our middle school program, and we are pleased to add her new role as our academic and communication coordinator,” said Terry Dougherty, Executive Director of Philadelphia City Rowing.  “We are also very pleased that she will continue to be the director of our middle school program.”

A graduate of California State University Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Pivonka began rowing as a walk-on member of the Hornets NCAA Division I women’s rowing team, competed all four years, and was a member of the varsity eight in her sophomore, junior and senior years.  During her summers in college, she came to Philadelphia to row for Penn A.C. and Vesper Boat Club on their U23 lightweight summer racing teams.  A resident of Philadelphia, Pivonka rows for Vesper Boat Club, and is also an avid bicyclist.

Philadelphia City Rowing was established in 2010 to empower Philadelphia public school students through the sport of rowing.  Philadelphia City Rowing was founded based on the principle that rowing teaches discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and works to reinforce these values and help student-athletes extend them to all aspects of their lives. To this end, Philadelphia City Rowing provides academic support services and a mentoring program that pairs student-athletes with adult role models from the rowing. The program’s ultimate goals are to help local youth lead healthier lives, pursue paths to higher education, and reach their full potential.

Ultimately, Philadelphia City Rowing uses competitive rowing as a vehicle to improve the health, well-being, self-confidence and academic success of Philadelphia’s public school students while involving them in one of Philadelphia’s greatest sporting traditions. Additional information is available at and on Facebook at .