The AAU Junior Olympic Games will be in Des Moines, Iowa this year! This awesome event will kick off on July 22nd and the action will continue all the way until August 2nd. Twenty-three sports will take over eight different venues over the 12-day span. The sports of Baseball, 3x3 Basketball, Cricket, Kung Fu and 3v3 Soccer are new additions to this year's event. A full schedule of events is below, please visit www.aaujrogames.org for more information.
ALL participants must be pre-registered for their event by the specific sport deadline. For a complete list of information on fees, deadlines, forms and registration information for your sport, CLICK HERE.
Spectator admission tickets are available for purchase onsite at the competition venues. Length of event passport tickets will include admission into ALL competition throughout the AAU Junior Olympic Games and will cost $40. Daily passes will include admission to all competition venues on that designated day only and are available for $12.
Participants can choose from a variety of hotel options with exceptional rates that are centrally located to the venues. For more hotel information, or to reserve your rooms, CLICK HERE.
Wondering how to get to Des Moines? We've got you covered. Des Moines is easily accessible from many interstates and the airport for the AAU Junior Olympic Games is the Des Moines International Airport (DSM), where there are more than 120 flights daily. CLICK HERE for more transportation information.
During your down time at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, there are PLENTY of things to do! Hike on miles of trails, go to a free festival, jam out at an outdoor concert or just go downtown and sight see. Whatever it is you choose to do, it’s a guaranteed fun adventure. For more local information and attractions, CLICK HERE.
*Athletes must check-in the day prior to competing. For more information on check-in, click here.
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