Welcome to the Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics Team website.
Junior Olympics (affectionately known as JO’s) is the top youth Track & Field and Cross Country program in America and is sponsored by USA Track & Field, our national track and field organization. It is open to boys and girls from ages 6 to 18, from beginners to advanced high school level.
The Asheville Lightning is one of the most respected and well known Junior Olympics teams in the southeast and in 2012 it received the prestigious North Carolina Track & Field Association President’s “Youth Best Practices Award”, a recognition from the state level of the superior organization and administration of the Asheville Lightning.
Over 2000 young athletes from Western North Carolina have been members of the team since it was first formed in 1991 and many of these have been State, Regional and National Champions.
The team annually has over 20 volunteer coaches, dedicated administrative staff and is supported by many youth-oriented organizations.
Typically over 50 young athletes are on the team each summer.
Practices are generally held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the University of North Carolina – Asheville Track.
If you are still interested in Asheville Lightning. Please contact us by Wednesday, June, 12th. Check out the registration info here: http://ashevillelightning.org/registration-info/read more
Asheville Lightning will compete this summer. Join us for more info this Wednesday or Saturday if you are interested in summer track and field.read more
The cost of all athletes is to participate in the summer program is $150. Athletes must also register themselves with USA Track and Field as a member at www.usatf.org for at least 1 year. The cost is $20 for youth....read more