Next month, Running 4 the People, a non-profit organization that uses “running as a gift to encourage, inspire, motivate and uplift while also providing assistance to people in need,” will be hosting its first benefit in Atlanta, Georgia. Gifted Locks Relay and Cancer Benefit will be in honor of women fighting the battle against cancer.
AAU Track & Field will be supporting this event by donating AAU tee shirts to all registrants.
Charles Oliver, the AAU Track & Field National Chair, is happy to support its members in activities outside the competitive arena.
“One of the goals of the AAU is to develop the total individual via community activities and health and wellness programs,” explained Oliver. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to support this event.”
Founder and CEO of Running 4 the People DeeDee Trotter is a three-time Olympian and two time gold medalist. She plans on using a unique track & field style 4x100m relay to launch Running 4 the People. According to their website, each member of the support team will run, jog or walk 100 meters, passing the baton around the track to complete a 4x100m relay in honor of their loved one. At the finish line, they will pass the baton one final time, to their honoree, who will then complete the final stretch of the relay, placing the baton at the Running 4 the People “Bobbie Faye Fighter Torch.” The Fighter Torch will be lit symbolizing “unity, support and optimism for a future that burns brightly ahead for our honored recipients.”
“It is so wonderful to have the support of the AAU at our Gifted Locks Relay & Cancer Benefit,” Trotter said. “The generous in-kind donations and support that the AAU has shown our organization's event, truly demonstrates how the AAU believes in community, health, and wellness! We are very thankful for their support."
At the Gifted Locks Relay & Cancer Benefit, fifty women that are battling cancer will receive a custom fit hair piece created by Gajarah Virgin Hair Boutique.
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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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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.
Jax Magic Tip-Off Classic
Texas Volleyball Tour's Junior Beach Series 2018
Missouri AAU State Tournament
2018 Arizona AAU Taekwondo State Qualifier Champio
2018 Girls Kutztown Winter Classic
Cap City Ballerz Super Regional Tournament
York County Blue Ribbon Brawl
2018 Dick Wilson FC & Novice Meet
SOVC February 24th 15-18U Tournament