The 44th AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships, the world's largest volleyball event, came to a close Monday.
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.
Opening ceremonies, competition begins and more from Day 1.
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.
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.
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.
National Youth Track Coaches Association and AAU Track & Field Alliance
Inaugural AAU Pacific Rim Basketball Championships
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RECAP: 2017 AAU Gymnastics Age Group National Championship
AAU leaders to attend National Council of Youth Sports Sports Day
AAU Club Championships & AAU Primary Nationals Recap
The AAU Primary Nationals and AAU Club Championships came to a close this past weekend.
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OTVA Beach Tournament
Urban Sports Summer Slam Camp
Dig and Dive AAU 7/29
West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games - Karate
AAU Junior Olympic Games - Baton Twirling
AAU Junior Olympic Games - Cheerleading
AAU Junior Olympic Games - Wrestling
AAU Junior Olympic Games - Field Hockey
AAU Junior Olympic Games - Wrestling (Girls)