The oldest AAU establishment in Virginia
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​Why James River?

have a basketball IQ.  They were coached by some of the best coaches in this area.  My oldest daughter Roslyn Presley received a four year scholarship to Campbell University.  She graduated May 2014.  She returned from college and has assisted our 11th grade coach for the past two years.  My youngest daughter Jessica Presley had offers, however, she was involved in a car accident which has prevented her from pursuing a basketball scholarship. Despite her inability to pursue basketball dreams the leadership she learned through James River resulted in her becoming a Ronald Reagan Leadership Award Recipient.  She currently attending VCU. She also assists Coach Pinkard and is the website coordinator.

James River Founder Mrs. Pat Pinkard

Current President:

Daphne Presley

2014 -

James River Blaze (JRB) formally known as James River Athletic Club, the first premier girls AAU organization in the Richmond area, is entering into its 33rd season of girls. As the first AAU program for girls in the Richmond Metro Area, the club continues to provide a quality basketball program for all youth. JRB began with 3 teams in 1985 and now fields up to 12 teams with players ranging in age from 10-17. JRB offers youth an opportunity to play at Regional, State, and National competitions every year. It also provides playing time in fall and summer leagues, instruction at quality clinics, and individual instruction by a staff of outstanding coaches.

  • Exposure to DI, D2, D3 colleges
  • Master basic fundamental of basketball
  • Learn how to play in a system
  • Travel
  • Gain higher basketball IQ
  • A chance for players to have fun
  •  Learn to compete 
  • Individual growth


As a former parent of two daughters who played under James River Blaze and now the president of the organization, I found that this organization provided so much more to my daughters than basketball.  It taught my daughters that playing basketball required commitment, determination and teamwork.  My daughters learned how to become leaders both on and off the court.  They learned that by making sacrifices for what you want to accomplish in the future pays off in the long run.  They also learned that you have to work and go after what you want in life.  My daughters develop long last relationships with other girls through many long weekends together.  They learned how to handle and solve conflicts.  They were taught the fundamental skills of playing basketball.  They were taught not only how to play the game, but how to 

James River Blaze

Here at James River Blaze, we are dedicated to you and all you child needs in order to obtain personal and athletic growth.

We've been around for over 30 years and we've won several awards competing in best college exposure tournaments. But, our most important win is seeing your child grow not only as a student athlete but as a person.

Some of the Benefits You Will Enjoy Include :

James River History