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The National Amateur Athletic Union League, By Ira Smolev

March 17, 2013

The National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) League gives amateur athletes the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports. Individuals interested in enhancing their skills, garnering leadership abilities, or learning about good sportsmanship and citizenship can volunteer with or sign up for the National AAU League. This entity operates throughout the United States and runs baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, and other leagues for people of various skill levels and ages.

Founded in 1888, the National AAU League was originally developed to promote uniformity in amateur sports and serve as America’s representative in international sports. Today, more than 500,000 people participate in events that include the AAU Junior Olympic Games and its 250 national championships. Moreover, the organization is affiliated with Walt Disney World, and many of its national contests are held at the theme park’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

About the Author:

Over the past 50 years, Ira Smolev has worked in the computer, telecommunications, and publishing industries. While earning his Bachelor’s degree at City College of New York, Smolev played basketball in the National AAU League and ranked as an All Star for three consecutive years.


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