AJRA - Atlanta Junior Rowing Association


Consider AJRA in Your Year-end Giving!

big gift box moneyYear-end is a great time for giving.  When you make a gift to AJRA by December 31, you aren’t just making a charitable contribution for this tax year.  You are helping to ensure that we maintain the facilities and equipment needed to fulfill our mission of engaging middle and high school students across metro Atlanta in the Olympic sport of rowing.

As a not for profit 501c(3) organization, AJRA does not receive any public funding.  Fees each season generally cover our cost of operations and essential equipment while private donations, primarily from our rowers and their families, help maintain and expand the programs, facilities, and other equipment.

If you would like to make a gift, please visit our Fundraising page. We can accept donations online through the site – if you are interested in making a contribution by check or to transfer stock or securities, contact our AJRA treasurer, Tracy Morton, at treasurer@ajracrew.com. Your donation is fully deductible to the extent allowed by law and qualifies for employer matching gift programs, which double your contribution if your company offers that option.

We also have partnered with AmazonSmile, which makes a donation to AJRA every time you make eligible purchases. Get started here.

Thank you for your support of AJRA!


Fall Season Kicks Off With Coaching Changes

One week into the fall season for varsity and novice rowers, and we are very excited about the direction AJRA is heading!

In early August, Skye Elliot, AJRA Head Coach and Varsity Women’s Head Coach, accepted an offer to coach at Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) in Boston, MA.  CRI is a well-established non-profit and one of the country’s largest rowing programs, with at least 5,000 rowers registered annually.  It is a very prestigious coaching opportunity, and we are excited for what lies ahead for Skye.

Since coming to AJRA in 2011, Skye has done a terrific job leading the Varsity Women’s crew and creating a squad that is highly competitive both regionally and nationally.  He has provided vision and leadership for the club, and helped raise the profile of AJRA in the Southeast and beyond.

Going forward, Jordan Smith will be our new Varsity Women’s Head Coach.  Jordan returned to AJRA in January 2015 as our Novice Women’s Head Coach.  Jordan has coached at the elite, collegiate and junior level for more than 11 years and brings a wealth of rowing experience to the program.  Jordan has already made a significant impact at AJRA during his first season, taking our Novice Women’s crew to first place at this year’s Southeast Regional Championships in several events.

Regionals 2V8 2015

We are finalizing the details of the remaining coaching structure this week.  We are excited to have Jordan Smith step into the role as AJRA Varsity Women’s Head Coach and are looking forward to a fantastic year for all of our squads!

Fall Parent Meetings to be held this week!

Fall season is coming up soon, and our required parent meetings will be held this week for all fall rowers! All meetings will be held 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Roswell River Landing (building next to AJRA boathouse). Parking at the Landing is limited, but also available at Azalea Park (1/4 mile west on Azalea Drive). Please do not park on the opposite side of Azalea Drive.


Monday, August 3rd — Varsity Squads

Tuesday, August 4th — Novice Squads

Wednesday, August 5th — Recreational Team and all Development Squads (Weekday and Saturday)


Please remember to bring a completed copy of the physician’s fitness verification form to the meeting, if you have not already submitted it. Come meet our coaches, learn about the fall practice and racing season, and get to know other AJRA parents!

IMPORTANT:  Your rower should be registered for the fall season before this meeting. We will not be accepting payments for fall fees on site. Varsity rowers will need a separate check to order uni and/or splash jackets. Cash/checks/VISA/MasterCard accepted for purchases of optional practice spandex/trou during Novice, Rec, and DSquad meetings.

If you have not yet registered, go to the Registration link on the AJRA homepage, and complete the registration forms prior to your respective meeting.  If you are interested in rowing but aren’t sure whether to sign up, attend the AJRA Open House on Saturday, August 8th at the boathouse from 9 am-noon.


Boathouse Cleanup RESCHEDULED!

Tomorrow’s scheduled boathouse work day has been moved to NEXT Saturday, August 1st. We will still meet from 8am to noon. All rowers and parents are welcome, even if you have not yet signed up!