On May 2, crowds gathered for a season kick-off at Hudson River Community Sailing, a nonprofit focused on enriching the lives of underserved New York City students through sailing education.
HRCS partners with eight New York City high schools to offer academic credit to students by teaching math, science, and character building through sailing and boat building. The academic curriculum is designed with New York City Department of Education teachers to support state standards. Over the winter, students worked together to build 9-foot wooden Optimist dinghies, which were launched at the Return to the River event.
“What we look forward to most at this event is seeing our talented students launch and sail the boats they created by hand this winter,” said Robert Burke, Executive Director of HRCS. “Through HRCS, these students are learning valuable lessons in teamwork, self-reliance, persistence, and other qualities necessary for college and career success, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them—and the adventure of sailing.”
For more information on Hudson River Community Sailing, visit hudsonsailing.org.