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2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games Starting Today in Des Moines

22 Jul, 2014


The 48th annual AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines run today through Saturday, August 2. Central Iowans are urged to catch nearly 14,000 participants competing across 20 unique sporting events.

“These youth are the college stars, amateur players and professional athletes of tomorrow,” says Suzie Glazer Burt, Honorary Chair of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games. “By supporting the event, local spectators will experience the winning moments of AAU Junior Olympic Games competitors as they continue on their paths to athletic success.”

The full competition schedule is available here. Tickets are available at all registration sites and event venues, with the following pricing: All-Event Passport, $40; Daily Pass, $12; Children 6 & Under, Free.

For more information, visit catchdesmoines.com/aaujo.

About the AAU Junior Olympic Games: The Games are expected to generate $47 million in economic impact for Greater Des Moines. Des Moines hosted the Games previously in 1995, 2004 and 2009 and will host again in 2018 and 2023. Signature Sponsors of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games include Principal Financial Group, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, Wells Fargo and Co., Polk County and Markey’s Rental and Staging. Champion Sponsors include MidAmerican Energy, Nationwide Insurance, Prairie Meadows, West Bank, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Alliance Technologies, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Adventureland Park. Supporting Sponsors include American Fence Company, Classic Tents, ColorFX, Copy Systems, Electronic Engineering, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Knapp Properties, NB Golf Cars, Scheel’s, Sigler, Suzie Glazer Burt Foundation, Vital Signs and Reynolds and Reynolds.

About the Amateur Athletic Union: Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest multi-sport, not-for-profit, volunteer organizations in the United States. It is dedicated to the development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs for youth and adults. The AAU Junior Olympic Games are the largest national multi-sport event for amateur youth conducted in the United States.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy. 

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