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AAU Leader Roger Goudy Passes Away at 69

Dr. Roger Goudy, who spent 40 years in leadership roles with the Amateur Athletic Union, including the past six years as the organization’s president and CEO, has died. He was 69. Goudy took over the helm of AAU in 2014 after years of building up the organization’s largest event, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships […]

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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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AAU held its Junior Nationals Volleyball Championships this summer, but indoor events during the winter will pose new challenges for event organizers. Photo: AAU

Case Study: How AAU Hosted an Indoor
Tournament for 10,000 People

In a typical year, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships will attract more than 45,000 athletes to two of the largest venues in Orlando, Florida — the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Orange County Convention Center — making it one of the largest youth sports events in the country. But 2020 is […]

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AAU Chooses Rival to Launch Esports Program

The Amateur Athletic Union has selected Rival to become the national operating partner for the AAU Esports program. AAU is looking to expand its presence in esports after announcing competitive video gaming as the newest addition to its 41 sports last year. “My vision for youth sports is simple: To raise tomorrow’s leaders on today’s […]

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Chicago Community Center to Host AAU Events

The Chicago Sports Alliance, the AAU’s largest licensed event operator, has announced that it will designate the Pullman Community Center in Chicago as its new Midwest headquarters. Under terms of the deal, the alliance will organize and operate tournaments, leagues, clinics and new year-round programs at the center, with the expectation it will attract a […]

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Winners of 2019 SportsTravel Awards
Announced at TEAMS ’19 in Anaheim

SportsTravel announced the winners of the 2019 SportsTravel Awards during the TEAMS ’19 Conference & Expo in Anaheim on November 13. TEAMS: Travel, Events And Management in Sports, is the world’s largest gathering of event organizers and travel planners from the sports industry. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, the revamped awards ceremony was emceed […]

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An athlete performs kata moves during a karate test event at Nippon Budokan, a venue for karate at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP Images

Karate Steps Into the Spotlight

At a time when MMA-style fighting dominates the martial arts landscape, karate is working to expand its own patch of ground. “The beauty of karate is that it’s a lifetime sport,” said Phil Hampel, CEO of USA Karate, which counts 3,200 members. “It adjusts and adapts.” There’s plenty of evidence of the sport’s adaptability, both […]

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AAU Enters Partnership to Stream World’s Largest Volleyball Event

The Amateur Athletic Union’s Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships, which anticipates at least 2,800 teams and 42,000 participants, will have every game streamed on BallerTV, a Los-Angeles based technology company. The tournament started on Monday in Orlando, Florida. The platform will provide access to over 15,000 matches available on a smartphone, tablet or computer. The […]

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AAU Partners with U.S. eSports Federation for Esports Events

The Amateur Athletic Union has selected the United States eSports Federation (USeF) to lead development of the AAU’s esports plans across the United States. As part of the deal, USeF will develop AAU’s presence in esports digitally and across live events. In turn, USeF has announced it will partner with Allied Esports to mobilize that […]

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