Beginning in the 2018-19 Academic Year, our Jr. High and High School athletic teams (volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer) will participate under the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). We are thrilled for this opportunity for our students!
Founded in 1888, the AAU is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, multi-sport organizations in the world, dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. During its early years, the AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic games. In the late 1970’s, the AAU shifted its focus and efforts to provide sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. With its national headquarters in Orlando, Florida, it is one of the two anchor tenants of the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex (the Atlanta Braves being the other). More than 60 AAU national events are conducted annually at the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex – featuring a new 300,000 square foot arena, 9,500 seat baseball stadium, baseball quadraplex, two indoor fieldhouses that accommodate hardwood courts, a softball diamondplex, youth baseball fields, a track and field complex and multi-purpose performance fields.
Programs and awards offered by the AAU include:
- AAU Sports Programs (41 sports),
- the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the largest multi-sport event in the country,
- 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 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 & sport skills to children aged 7 & 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), recognised by the International Olympic Committee, to promote the values and interests of education through sport.