Play Fair

Amanda Kraus

Founder & Executive Director, Row New York

I started Row New York in 2002 to give young women of color from under-resourced neighborhoods the opportunity to enjoy the physical, mental, and social-emotional benefits of the sport of rowing—the same benefits that I’d enjoyed growing up. Fifteen years later, Row New York continues to serve predominantly on women and girls—approximately 70 percent of our student-athletes are female. Over the years, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of rowing on the lives of these girls. Young women who enter the program unfocused and unsure of themselves  become driven, confident, and strong. Sports help young women become engaged teammates, leaders, and friends—skills that will carry them throughout their lives.