Young students learn life lessons at Temple University's community rowing camp

A group of middle school students got a chance to learn a new sport on the Schuylkill River this week.

Hadas Kuznits
August 03, 2018 - 2:50 pm
Temple Rowing Camp

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) --Dozens of local middle schooers are wrapping up a week of summer camp on the Schuylkill River learning a new sport. 

Eleven-year-old Ryan McDonald was a participant in Temple University's inaugural weeklong summer rowing camp.

"The biggest challenge has been staying together when you're rowing with other people on your boat and in the same motion," McDonald said.

Students spent a week learning rowing on the Schuylkill River at the East Park Canoe House on Kelly Drive, and 12-year-old Sam Spear learned some life lessons.

"I think the best part is working together," he said, "becoming friends with people."

Alyssa O'Donnell with Women's Temple Rowing says teaching middle school students is different than dealing with college students.

"The biggest difference is how excited they are to learn something new," O'Donnell said. "Our athletes are really well disciplined and excited to go fast as well, but these guys can't wait to make friends and learn something new out on the river as well."