Rowing News | Leadership Award Presented to Philadelphia City Rowing Athlete



Kera McCarthy of JR Masterman High School in Philadelphia received the seventh annual Edward M. D’Alba Leadership Award.

McCarthy had been rowing with Philadelphia City Rowing since college and received the award due to his excellence on and off the water.

“The skills I learned through rowing apply to life and have taught me the value of attention to detail, listening skills and endurance,” Ms McCarthy said in her dissertation. “I am who I am thanks to the lessons I continue to learn from those around me. I will pass on these lessons, both inside and outside the boat.

The award is given in honor of Edward M. D’Alba, who was the CEO of Urban Engineers, a planning, design and construction services company. D’Alba was also an avid rower.

“Philadelphia City Rowing is grateful to have the support of Urban Engineers and is honored to award one of our outstanding student-athletes the Edward M. D’Alba Leadership Award,” said Caitlin Mance, executive director of Philadelphia. City Rowing. “Kera has been part of our program since middle school. Over the past six years, we’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow, find her voice, and lead her teammates on and off the water. We will miss having her in training, but know that she is ready for bigger and better things.


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