WYRA's mission statement is to promote physical, mental, and social wellness in young people of all backgrounds, using the sport of rowing and related educational programs to instill essential lifelong values including responsibility, self-discipline, teamwork, leadership, commitment, and the pursuit of excellence.
WYRA is located on 500 E. Front St. on the Christina River, a block and a half past the Wilmington Train Station and only minutes from I-95 and I-495.
WYRA began as part of the Wilmington Rowing Club in 1989 and incorporated as the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association in 1994. In 1993 ROW FOR IT!, WYRA's summer community rowing camps, began. For several years WYRA's boathouse was a small shed and orange trailer filled with used shells in the Wilmington Rowing Club's driveway.
In 1998 WYRA found a new home in an old Pusey and Jones Machine Shop on the Christina River at Front and Lombard St. Thanks to the tremendous support from local foundations, companies, the Riverfront Development Corp., the City of Wilmington, and many individuals we were able to purchase and renovate the 17,000 sq. ft. building. We moved into our new boathouse in 1999.
WYRA is a very unique program. Most crews we race against are school programs, but WYRA is a composite program made up of public, private, parochial and home schooled kids from Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland and southern New Jersey.
Here's a list of some of the schools WYRA rowers have attended in the past:
A.I. DuPont, Archmere, Avon Grove (Pa), Bishop Shanahan (PA), Brandywine HS, Cab Calloway, Charter, Concord HS, Conrad, Delcastle, Garnett Valley, Hanby, H.B. DuPont, Henderson (PA), IHM, Kennett (PA), McKean, Mt. Pleasant, Newark, Padua, C.F. Patton (PA), Penncrest (PA), Salesianum, Sanford, Springer, St. Aquinas, St. Marks, Tatnall, Tower Hill, Unionville (PA), Ursuline, Villa Maria Academy (PA), Westtown Friends, William Penn, Wilmington Friends, Wilmington Christian School. And here's a list of some of the colleges WYRA rowers have gone on to attend: Annapolis, Bates, Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Colby, Clemson, Columbia, Cornell, Dayton, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Hobart, Indiana, Ithaca, Johns Hopkins, Kansas State, Loyola of Maryland, MIT, Middlebury, Naval Academy, Northeastern, Northwestern, Penn, Pitt, Princeton, RIT, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, St. Lawrence, Syracuse, Trinity, Tufts, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, University of Hampshire, University of Tennessee,University of Vermont, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Villanova, West Point, Williams. WYRA does its best to make sure that any student who wants to learn the sport of rowing can. If you think you may need a scholarship or help with the dues, please contact: Michelle Pena 302 655 7362 [email protected]