HOUSTON, Texas (August 1) - The 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games officially opened with the Celebration of Athletes last night Sunday, July 31, 2016.
Olympic track and field legend and AAU alum Carl Lewis performed lighting the torch duties and also shared some inspirational words for this year's participants. Hosted at the M.O. Campbell Center, the event included the traditional parade of athletes, guest speakers, music, a magic show, videos and more.
Check out the Celebration of Athletes Video here:
TRACK & FIELD: Today, is the first day of competition for track and field, the largest sport in the event with more than 12,000 participants. Be sure and catch all the action with the FREE livestream available at www.aautv.org
OTHER SPORTS: Other sports going on today include baton twirling, cheerleading, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. For complete schedule and results, click here.
Here are a few of the articles published about the event:
MEALS OVER MEDALS: A food drive is planned for tomorrow Tuesday, August 2nd. Donations of two (2) or more items will receive a coupon for 20% off a single item at the merchandise booths. Drop off your goods at Turner Stadium or the George R. Brown Convention Center. More Info. Part of the #AAUCares program
MERCHANDISE: Can't visit an on-site booth? No problem! You can purchase official merchandise for the 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games here.
FOLLOW US: Be sure and follow all things from the #AAUJROGames at fb.com/aaujrogamess, Twitter: @TheRealAAU and @AAUTracknField and Instagram: @AAUSports.
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