Mission: Asheville youth rowing association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public corporation dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing among teenagers between the ages of 11 and 18 years as a means of instilling discipline, teaching team work, attaining physicial fitness, and teaching the sport of rowing in order to help young people gain admission to college and/or other educational efforts, obtain scholarships for educational efforts and/or to succeed in a life endeavor. The association functions without preference to race, creed, religion, or color in western north carolina.
Programs: By teaching and promoting the sport of rowing, participating students have benefited in achievement of thier personal and academic goals. For the academic year 2016-2017, asheville youth rowing association had three seniors sign recruiting contracts to row in college next year. Three other seniors were recruited but chose to attend different colleges. This is the seventh consecutive year that asheville youth rowing association has had rowers and coxswains recruited to row in college. Asheville youth rowing association is also proud to announce the selection of two female and three male rowers as well as one coxswain to attend the prestigious usrowing junior national team development camp this summer. This is a highly selective process with invitations extended only after performances at identification camps held all over the united states. Asheville youth rowing association does not publish the names and identifying information of any team member in order to protect the privacy of minors. However, all of our kids received positive publicity from local television stations, newspapers and magazines. Former members of ayra are now rowing, have rowed or will row at the following colleges: clemson, university of tennessee, brown university, ga. Tech, worchester polytech, unc-chapel hill, nc state, jacksonville university, davidson college, university of charleston, w. Va. ; union college, manhattan college, university of oregon, puget sound, berry college and clark university. Rowing is the ultimate team sport. At asheville youth rowing association, there are no stars, just boats.
I give this organization one star for the exercise the kids get and that is the only reason they get a star. The attitude and professionalism of the owners/coaches leave a lot to be desired. Beware of this place unless you like your kids to be bullied by adults.