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18 Feb 2018

18 AAU Events You Don't Want to Miss in 2018

18 AAU Events You Don't Want to Miss in 2018

Summertime is right around the corner and, with that, comes the bulk of AAU national championship season. The AAU is constantly adding new events and new competition opportunities for youth athletes and, in recent years, a larger focus has been placed on developing the whole event – not just organizing a tournament. Complete with social responsibility initiatives and unique family vacation opportunities, take a look at the 18 AAU events you are not going to want to miss in 2018.

15 Feb 2018

Ask an Expert: AAU Alum Lauryn Williams (Part 2)

Ask an Expert: AAU Alum Lauryn Williams (Part 2)
Once every two years, the greatest athletes from around the world represent their countries with pride and compete to etch their names in the history books. This massive event is truly a spectacle, and there may be no one better equipped to break down what it takes and what the stage feels like more than AAU alum Lauryn Williams. 

21 Nov 2017

AAU Provides Roadmap to Help Parents Navigate the Ever-Changing Youth Basketball Landscape

AAU Provides Roadmap to Help Parents Navigate the Ever-Changing Youth Basketball Landscape

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2017) – The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has rolled out an online tool to provide content and resourceful information aimed to help parents navigate their youth basketball journey, the Union announced today.

27 Jun 2017

Indiana Volleyball Club Keeps Teammates Selfless Spirit Alive at AAU Girls Nationals

Indiana Volleyball Club Keeps Teammates Selfless Spirit Alive at AAU Girls Nationals

The wooden cross on the side of the road is a daily reminder for Kelsey Niccum.

“Sometimes I just go there and cry,” Niccum said.

In October 2015, Niccum lost her 17-year-old best friend, Emilie Harnish, in a tragic two-vehicle accident at a rural intersection in Indiana not far from Niccum’s family home in Wabash County. Nearly two years since that tragic day, Niccum wears her friend’s number and initials on her knee pads as a way to keep her friend close while playing the sport they both loved. She and her teammates at Grant County Volleyball Club keep Emilie alive by sharing stories of her selflessness and genuine love for others.

10 May 2017

AAU Track & Field Partners with The Perfect Method

AAU Track & Field Partners with The Perfect Method

AAU REACHES THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH LEGENDARY OLYMPIC CHAMPION CARL LEWIS’ TRAINING PROGRAM THE PERFECT METHOD TO BOLSTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR COACHES AND ATHLETES

 

19 Apr 2017

Jesse Owens Recognized as Inaugural AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Jesse Owens Recognized as Inaugural AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
More than 80 years after bringing home four Olympic gold medals for Team USA in the 1936 Berlin Games, legendary track and field athlete Jesse Owens was honored posthumously with the inaugural AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award.

15 Mar 2017

Highly Decorated Class of Finalists Announced for 87th AAU James E. Sullivan Award

Highly Decorated Class of Finalists Announced for 87th AAU James E. Sullivan Award

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 15, 2017) – The title of top amateur athlete in America is up for debate this week, as seven deserving finalists – Wisconsin volleyball All-American Lauren Carlini, judo Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison,  gold medalist gymnast, Laurie Hernandez, water polo gold medalist Ashleigh Johnson,  target shooter Ginny Thrasher who also won gold, Aly Raisman gold medal gymnast and wrestler Kyle Snyder, another gold winner  – were announced today for the 87th AAU James E. Sullivan Award. 

8 Feb 2017

AAU Spotlight: Longtime AAU and USA Basketball board member Rod Seaford

AAU Spotlight: Longtime AAU and USA Basketball board member Rod Seaford

Rod Seaford, AAU Treasurer and NCAAU Boys Basketball Director, has served the AAU as a volunteer and a professional for 36 years. He was been inducted to both the AAU/USA and NCAAU Hall of Fame. He is currently the Chair of the National Board of Review and Special Counsel to the national organization. 


1 Feb 2017

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and All World Sports Enter Into New Strategic Partnership

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and All World Sports Enter Into New Strategic Partnership
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 1, 2017) – The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and All World Sports have joined forces to bring youth baseball event operators and coaches an array of new resources, the two organizations announced this month during the annual American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention in Anaheim.

13 Jan 2017

Powerlifting for a Purpose

Powerlifting for a Purpose

One of the most successful powerlifting athletes at the AAU Junior Olympic Games during the past few years has been Taylorville, Illinois teenager Karter Brachear.  A 17-year-old junior at Taylorville High School, Karter began doing the powerlifts at age 12 to get stronger for football and wrestling, and he set seven Illinois state records in his first meet nine months later. 

22 Dec 2016

RECAP: AAU Football Nationals Wraps Up at Northeast Regional Park

RECAP: AAU Football Nationals Wraps Up at Northeast Regional Park

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 13, 2017) – The sixth annual AAU Tackle Football League Based National Championships concluded last month (Dec. 15-18) with 38 teams from nine states across the nation. Games were held at Northeast Regional Park in Davenport.

21 Dec 2016

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Selects CaptainU as the Official Recruiting Partner

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Selects CaptainU as the Official Recruiting Partner

SAN FRANCISCO (December 20, 2016) – The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is proud to announce a strategic partnership with CaptainU to provide athletic development and college sports recruiting tools to their members, teams and sanctioned events. 

21 Dec 2016

AAU Middle Atlantic District Gets in Holiday Spirit with Heartwarming AAU Cares Event

AAU Middle Atlantic District Gets in Holiday Spirit with Heartwarming AAU Cares Event

On December 10th and 11th the Middle Atlantic District hosted its first AAU Futsal District Championships for U8 to U12 boys and girls. It was exciting for the district to now add Futsal to our growing list of Championships and it was even more exciting to see our district step up and help a beautiful little girl. 

13 Dec 2016

A'Jani Stokes: The Fastest Kid at GTMO

A'Jani Stokes: The Fastest Kid at GTMO

18 Nov 2016

Amateur Athletic Union, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Visit Orlando Recognized Nationally for Marquee AAU Volleyball Event

Amateur Athletic Union, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Visit Orlando Recognized Nationally for Marquee AAU Volleyball Event

ORLANDO, Florida (November 18, 2016) – The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), in conjunction with ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Visit Orlando, was honored by Sports Destination Management as a recipient of the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism award for the impact generated by the 43rd AAU Girls’ Junior Volleyball National Championship.

7 Nov 2016

AAU Girls Basketball National Championships Set to Tip Off in Derby City in 2017

AAU Girls Basketball National Championships Set to Tip Off in Derby City in 2017

ORLANDO, Florida (Nov. 7, 2016) — The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball National Championships for 9th-11th grade girls will tip off in Louisville, Kentucky in July 2017, the organization announced today.

31 Oct 2016

AAU Vice President Rusty Buchanan To Be Recognized as Central Florida Humanitarian at Nov. 3 Gala in Melbourne

AAU Vice President Rusty Buchanan To Be Recognized as Central Florida Humanitarian at Nov. 3 Gala in Melbourne

ORLANDO, Florida (Oct. 31, 2016) — Brevard County resident and 1st Vice President of the Amateur Athletic Union, Rusty Buchanan, will be recognized as a Central Florida Humanitarian on Nov. 3 at a gala event in Melbourne.

18 Oct 2016

Amateur Athletic Union Expresses Support for Newly Announced Youth Basketball Guidelines

Amateur Athletic Union Expresses Support for Newly Announced Youth Basketball Guidelines

ORLANDO, Florida (Oct. 18, 2016) The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) voted in support of the newly established NBA and USA Basketball youth basketball guidelines during the Union’s 125th AAU National Convention, the organization announced today.

13 Sep 2016

City Futsal, Amateur Athletic Union Announce Strategic Partnership to Provide Youth Futsal Opportunities to America’s Youth

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2016) – City Futsal, a leader in youth futsal in the United States, and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), America’s longest standing youth sports organization, will be joining forces this season, the two organizations announced today.

1 Sep 2016

2016 AAU National Championships and Super Showcases

2016 AAU National Championships and Super Showcases

Check out our photogallery from this past summer.

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Registration for the inaugural AAU National Indoor Pickleball Championships opened today, so we’re taking the opportunity to provide the scoop on all things pickleball.
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The AAU Englewood Chill Blast Pickleball Tournament made history this weekend as the first-ever pickleball event hosted for AAU members. (What the heck is pickleball?!) More than 180 athletes from 11 states and Canada – ranging from age 19 to 75 – competed on Florida’s west coast as part of the Florida Pickleball League.

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Best Bats to Use at AAU Baseball Nationals in 2018

Are you in the market for a one-piece or two-piece bat for your upcoming AAU season? Would you rather have an end-loaded or balanced weight distribution? Composite or alloy barrel? That can be a lot to take in. Thankfully, though, our friends at Eastbay are here to help with the best BBCOR baseball bats of 2018.
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Ask an Expert: AAU Alum Lauryn Williams (Part 2)

Once every two years, the greatest athletes from around the world represent their countries with pride and compete to etch their names in the history books. This massive event is truly a spectacle, and there may be no one better equipped to break down what it takes and what the stage feels like more than AAU alum Lauryn Williams. 
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Remember When... Dwyane Wade Visited ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Back in 2010, before Wade and his buddy LeBron James joined forces in South Beach for the Heat, Wade joined Mickey Mouse and played a special 3-on-3 basketball game with athletes in town for the 16U AAU Girls Basketball National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

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18 AAU Events You Don't Want to Miss in 2018

Summertime is right around the corner and, with that, comes the bulk of AAU national championship season. The AAU is constantly adding new events and new competition opportunities for youth athletes and, in recent years, a larger focus has been placed on developing the whole event – not just organizing a tournament. Complete with social responsibility initiatives and unique family vacation opportunities, take a look at the 18 AAU events you are not going to want to miss in 2018.

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