San Miguel Academy Rowing Honored by the NY Giants for Hispanic Heritage Month


SMA Quad Team at the USRowing National Championships: Captain Joseph Cordova (8th grade), Daniel Conde (7th grade), Ayden Garcia (7th grade), Ismael Chihuahua (7th grade), and coxswain Gustavo Laureano (7th grade)/ Photo by USRowing

The San Miguel Rowing Program will be honored by the NY Giants as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Before the game, 20 San Miguel rowers were invited onto the field at MetLife Stadium and presented with the “Local Latino Achievement Award.” 

San Miguel Rowing, part of San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, is one of the largest Hispanic rowing programs in the country. 

In June, San Miguel Academy rowers placed 11th overall at the USRowing National Youth Championships in Sarasota, Florida, after qualifying for Nationals in May with a solid first-place finish in the U15 quad division at the USRowing Northeast Youth Championships in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Northeast is one of the most competitive divisions in the country. The program was featured on the USRowing YouTube Channel for its uniqueness in the rowing community.

San Miguel Academy of Newburgh was founded in 2006 to break the cycle of poverty through education. The rowing program was established in 2010 by a small group of boys who borrowed equipment and hand-me-down boats. 

Over the years, the program has grown to over 40 rowers, boys and girls, who train year-round on Ergometers and, weather permitting, on the Hudson River. San Miguel Rowing is now among the largest middle school rowing programs in the country and the largest minority rowing program. It has proven to be significantly beneficial to obtaining continuing educational opportunities for San Miguel Academy students.

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