At EARJ, the Athletic and Activities program includes all the athletic sports, the academic traveling teams and the After School Activities Program for Lower and Middle School.
We aim to provide students with the opportunity to construct the knowledge and skills necessary to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of activities that would help them make informed decisions, promote healthy choices, develop potential, inspire creative expression, stimulate innovation, and forge leadership ability. All of the above, with a strong sense of commitment, through our extensive co-curricular and community activities.
The demands of the athletic setting at EARJ require students to be multi-dimensional communicators, critical thinkers, and responsive individuals. Student-athletes develop problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership skills, along with a sense of sportsmanship and fair play while working cooperatively with others.
The mission of the EARJ Athletics program is to promote well-rounded, multi-sport student-athletes that, while proudly wearing their EARJ uniform in athletic competitions, develop complementary skills and capabilities through their participation, enjoyment, and learning from a variety of coaches and playing fields.
Little & Big Tournaments
EARJ is a member of AASB, the Association of American Schools of Brazil. The organization seeks to serve as an extension of each school’s program by enhancing student development through athletic competition, academic and intellectual pursuits, fine and performing arts activities and cultural and intercultural opportunities.
The AASB Athletic Events are Little, Big and the Friendship Festival. These are competitions that take place at Nosso Recanto 2 and according to different age groups and categories:
Big 8 is a High School tournament in which eight American Schools of Brazil participate. These are: EAB from Brasília, Graded, Chapel, and PACA from São Paulo; EAC from Campinas; ISC from Curitiba; and OLM and EARJ from Rio de Janeiro. It takes place once a year in November at NR2 and involves student athletes of 14 to 19 years of age. Students participate in Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball, plus a Cheerleading/Dance Performance.
Big 4 is a High School tournament amongst the four biggest American schools in Brazil: EAB from Brasília, Graded and Chapel from São Paulo and EARJ from Rio de Janeiro. It takes place once a year at NR2 in April, and it involves student athletes of 14 to 19 years of age. They participate in Girls’ and Boys’ Volleyball, Girls’ and Boys’ Futsal, Girls’ and Boys’ Softball, plus a Cheerleading/Dance Performance.
Little 8 is a Middle School and 9th grade students’ tournament that includes the participation of eight international schools in Brazil. The competition occurs twice a year and the participating schools are EAB from Brasília; EAC from Campinas; Chapel, Graded, PACA, St. Paul’s from São Paulo, and British and EARJ from Rio. In the first semester, in November, the Little 8 Teams include Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer, and Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball. In the second semester, in May, the tournament includes Girls’ and Boys Volleyball, Girls’ and Boys’ Futsal, Softball and Cheerleading. The Little 8 Tournaments allow all student athletes under the age of 15 years old to participate.
Friendship Festivals take place each semester. These are Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball tournaments for both boys and girls that are up to 13 years old. The philosophy of these festivals is to include everyone, that they are for developmental teams and the emphasis is on participation rather than winning. Participation in these festivals is especially important for those students who practiced for Little 8 teams but did not have a chance to travel.