Several venues in the Hampton Roads area will play home court for the 2015 Junior Olympic Games, scheduled July 29 – Aug. 8.
The games are known as the largest national multi-sporting event for youths, ages 7-17, in the United States. About 15,000 athletes will participate in about 20 games.
Some of the sporting events will include baseball, field hockey, karate, swimming and cheerleeding.
The Virginia Beach Convention Center, Boo Williams Sportsplex, Princess Anne Athletic Complex and Chesapeake Conference Center are some of the venues where events will be held.
The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports, according to the AAU website. The AAU is one of the largest non-profit, volunteer sports organizations in the country and is dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.
The AAU and the Hampton Roads Sports Commission have worked together since 1998 to bring the AAU Junior Olympic Games here once every five years.