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27 Nov 2017

AAU Events Earn Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Honors

AAU Events Earn Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Nov. 27, 2017) - Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, today announced the 2017 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. This year’s winners are responsible for contributing more than $400 million to the national economy over the past year.

31 Oct 2017

AAU Volleyball Wins SportsTravel Award

AAU Volleyball Wins SportsTravel Award
2017 AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships wins 2017 SportsTravel Award for 'Best Amateur Single Sport event' category

23 Aug 2017

AAU Volleyball wins prestigious sports industry award

AAU Volleyball wins prestigious sports industry award

Connect Sports honors 44th AAU Girls' Junior National Championships as Best Amateur Sporting Event of the Year in a ceremony today Wednesday, August 23 in New Orleans.

16 Aug 2017

Vote for Best Amateur Sports Event

Vote for Best Amateur Sports Event

2017 AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships nominated for annual Sports Travel Awards

30 Jun 2017

The 44th AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships Recap

The 44th AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships Recap

The 44th AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships, the world's largest volleyball event, came to a close Monday. 

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.

17 Jun 2017

AAU Cares 2017: Packing meals and cancer awareness

AAU Cares 2017: Packing meals and cancer awareness

15 Jun 2017

Opening Ceremonies & Day 1 competition at Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships

Opening Ceremonies & Day 1 competition at Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships

Opening ceremonies, competition begins and more from Day 1.

8 Jun 2017

More Than 35,000 Athletes Set to Compete in World’s Largest Volleyball Event in Central Florida Next Week

More Than 35,000 Athletes Set to Compete in World’s Largest Volleyball Event in Central Florida Next Week

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 8, 2017) – More than 35,000 athletes from across the country, including thousands of Orlando-area athletes, are expected to bring more than $52 million in economic impact to Central Florida during the 44th annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships beginning Thursday, June 15 at Orange County Convention Center and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

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.

28 Jun 2016

RECAP: Orlando Community Greatly Impacted by Eight-Day AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships

RECAP: Orlando Community Greatly Impacted by Eight-Day AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2016) – More than 27,000 athletes from across the country bumped, set and spiked their way through the 43rd annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships last week in Central Florida.

9 Jun 2016

More Than 27,000 Athletes Set to Compete Next Week

More Than 27,000 Athletes Set to Compete Next Week
More than 27,000 athletes from across the country, including thousands of Orlando-area athletes, are expected to bump, set and spike during the 43rd annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships this week in Central Florida.

18 Feb 2016

Orlando, Amateur Athletic Union Sign Deal to Keep World’s Largest Volleyball Event in Central Florida Through 2020

Orlando, Amateur Athletic Union Sign Deal to Keep World’s Largest Volleyball Event in Central Florida Through 2020
Visit Orlando, with the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), announced today the annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships will be held in Orlando throughout 2020. 

23 Oct 2012

2012 Guinness World Record SET!

2012 Guinness World Record SET!
2012: The AAU Volleyball department received official word today that they've made the Guinness Book of World Records for the 2012 AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships this past June at the Orange County Convention Center and ESPN Wide World of Sports.
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What Is Pickleball?

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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AAU Pickleball Serves First-Ever Event in Florida

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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