Philadelphia City Rowing helps students set course for college & career with help from AT&T

Rowing helps young people learn skills for life, such as self-confidence, leadership, team building and time management – all attributes companies like AT&T look for in future employees.

That’s why the company contributed $5,000 to Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) to support a comprehensive college-readiness program that provides underserved high school students in Philadelphia with tutoring, SAT preparation activities, college field trips and college application assistance.

Terry Dougherty, PCR Executive Director, stated: “For seven years, PCR has had a 100% on-time graduation rate, and we want to continue this tradition. Through the generosity of the AT&T Aspire funding, PCR will continue to effectively provide academic support and mentoring to our expanding population of participants.”

AT&T learned of Philadelphia City Rowing during Councilman David Oh’s 5th annual Youth Non-Profit Symposium.

“It is very heartening to see the connections and collaborations of organizations, both corporate and non-profit, in service to children and youth in our city,” Councilman Oh said. “AT&T has been a regular participant in our symposiums; we appreciate the commitment to the event but more importantly to the support of worthy organizations and their programs.

Joseph Divis, assistant vice president for AT&T External Affairs, added: “Philadelphia City Rowing leverages our extraordinary natural resources with one of the oldest Olympic sports to give young people from Philadelphia experiences that will prepare them for college and careers. The skills they learn while rowing will be important in school, on the job, and in life.”

Divis said AT&T’s contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative to promote student success in school and beyond. AT&T supports programs that foster skills that will meet the needs of the future workforce. Find out more at

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