Atlanta Junior Rowing Association was founded in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit club sport dedicated to providing rowing opportunities for high school students throughout Metro Atlanta. The program started as a small club rowing out of Atlanta Rowing Club’s boathouse. Growth over the next ten years required the club to build and move into their own boathouse on Azalea Drive.
Today AJRA has more than 200 rowers from middle and high schools throughout Atlanta. Celebrating its 30th year of rowing on the Chattahoochee with the 2017-18 season, AJRA is the largest and most successful high school rowing program in Georgia.
High schools represented include Alpharetta, Blessed Trinity, Cambridge, Centennial, Dunwoody, Galloway, Johns Creek, Milton, Mount Vernon, Northview, Pope, Roswell, Walton, Westminster, Woodward and many others.
The AJRA boathouse is located at 245 Azalea Drive on the Chattahoochee River. The boathouse holds 25 racing shells, coaching launches, erg and weight training equipment, and space for indoor exercise when necessary.
A new dock was installed in August of 2018, allowing multiple boats to launch safely and efficiently, giving athletes more time on the water.
We are guided by our mission statement and vision principles, which serve as the basis for development of our athletes. AJRA’s mission is to teach the sport of rowing to Metro Atlanta youth and inspire our athletes with a best-in-class experience, through our shared core values of character, commitment, and community. Through rowing, our athletes connect with each other, their community, and their future.
Atlanta Juniors come together to help support the community in many ways.
Each year AJRA encourages rowers to be involved in outside community service organizations like Scouts, Beta Club, Young Mens Service League, National Charity League and many others. We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Boy Scouts working to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
As a team, we support our home by actively engaging in City of Roswell celebrations and events like 'Alive in Roswell' and continually act as stewards of the Chattahoochee River through clean-ups and other maintenance projects.
AJRA rowers spend a lot of time at the boathouse during challenging academic school years. They learn very quickly how manage time efficiently and stay focused in order to achieve academic excellence. The structure and skill required of AJRA athletes provides lifelong benefit, and by the time they are seniors, AJRA rowers demonstrate how discipline and perseverance make them successful both on and off the water.
Many AJRA rowers go on to achieve at the highest levels in rowing and academics. Our most recent graduates added Clemson, Columbia, Georgia Tech, Northeastern, Jacksonville University, Mount Holyoke, Tufts, University of Tennesee, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Yale to the ever growing roster of crew teams that include AJRA alumni.