Competitors from 11 countries, including Afghanistan, participated in this year’s AAU World Championship Single Lift and International Powerlifting Championships October 10-12 at the Quad Hotel in Las Vegas. In the past 17 years , lifters from 38 countries have competed at various AAU World and International Powerlifting events
“We loved having the Afghans in the U.S. for the World Championships,” said Martin Drake, meet director. “We’d been working with them for more than a year trying to get visas and travel plans lined up to ensure they could compete. It was very rewarding having them here, and they plan to return in 2014 with a larger team!”
“Having our friends from Afghanistan here was an extension of the sports diplomacy program that the USA and AAU began with Afghanistan in 2011,” said Retired Navy Rear Admiral Hal Pittman, who helped created the sports diplomacy program during a military deployment in Kabul. “These are the types of exchanges that create goodwill between our countries, and show the world that Afghanistan is competitive on the world sports stage.” Pittman added that the Afghanistan Powerlifting Federation has proposed serving as a satellite to bring other Central Asian countries to next year’s AAU world championship meet in Las Vegas.”
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AAU Pickleball Serves First-Ever Event in Florida
The AAU Englewood Chill Blast Pickleball Tournament made history this weekend as the first-ever pickleball event hosted for AAU members. (What the heck is pickleball?!) More than 180 athletes from 11 states and Canada – ranging from age 19 to 75 – competed on Florida’s west coast as part of the Florida Pickleball League.
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Ask an Expert: AAU Alum Lauryn Williams (Part 2)
Remember When... Dwyane Wade Visited ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Back in 2010, before Wade and his buddy LeBron James joined forces in South Beach for the Heat, Wade joined Mickey Mouse and played a special 3-on-3 basketball game with athletes in town for the 16U AAU Girls Basketball National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
18 AAU Events You Don't Want to Miss in 2018
Summertime is right around the corner and, with that, comes the bulk of AAU national championship season. The AAU is constantly adding new events and new competition opportunities for youth athletes and, in recent years, a larger focus has been placed on developing the whole event – not just organizing a tournament. Complete with social responsibility initiatives and unique family vacation opportunities, take a look at the 18 AAU events you are not going to want to miss in 2018.
Workout of the Month: Kneeling Exercises
Walk into a gym and you’ll notice a lot of the same thing: athletes standing, sitting, or lying on their backs while they are getting their bodies ready for 2018 AAU competition. Even though these get the job done, there is another position that can help strengthen your body and balance, giving you an edge on your competition: Kneeling.
Ask an Expert: AAU Alum Lauryn Williams (Part 3)
Rumble in the Jungle
IOWA WOMEN YOUTH FOLKSTYLE STATE WRESTLING
2018 Road Kill Classic
SP District Karate Tournament
2018 AAU Gamecock Invite
BWSP 9th Annual Indoor T&F Championship Series
Bald Eagle Open
Hearts & Valentines Invitational
Todd County AAU Wrestling Tournament