WEST VIRGINIA— Since its inception in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has been raising champions and setting the standard for amateur sports in the United States with one goal in mind: “Sports For All, Forever.”
This moto it has been the focus and drive of AAU for 130 years for sports in the United States and throughout the world.
Even when hit with a nationwide pandemic, the AAU has found ways to persevere, and continue to honor that goal, and in doing so has recently announced dates for the West Virginia AAU State Basketball Tournaments for Girls and Boys.
According to WV AAU Boys and Girls Sports Director Clarence Woody, girls within the AAU league in grades fourth, sixth, eighth, and tenth will hit the hardwood May 13-16, while girls in grades third, fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh will be given their opportunity to compete June 10-13.
All of the girls’ matchup will be hosted at Sissionville High School.
Boys tournament games for those in second, fourth, sixth, eighth and tenth grades are slated to play May 20-23, and boys grades three, five, seven, nine and eleven will battle it out June 24-27.
All of the boys’ games will be played at George Washington High School.
For information can be found by visiting www.wvaau.com, or by calling 304-421-6318.
According to their website, the AAU offering the following additional programs: AAU Sports Programs (41 sports), the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the largest multi-sport event in the country, AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, the largest volleyball event in the world, with more than 2,700 teams participating annually, AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given out to America’s top amateur athlete since 1930, and the AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award, established in 2017 to recognize those athletes who have paved the way for great change in amateur sports.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), a program aimed at modernizing fitness education in school physical education classrooms by emphasizing student health, goal setting, and personal progress.
The AAU Cares program was created in 2016 as a way for the AAU to give back to the communities in which it hosts events.
The organization strives to provide not only athletic opportunities but also lessons in learning, life and social responsibility in the community. Along with AAU Cares, AAU Proud programs strive to provide athletic activities and sport skills to children aged seven and under in a non-competitive environment that promotes self-confidence while staying active.
The AAU is also a member of the International School Sport Federation (ISF), recognized by the International Olympic Committee, to promote the values and interests of education through sport.
To join the AAU or to get more information about these exciting events contact the AAU National Headquarters (407) 934-7200.