Brevard County hosts Junior Olympics at several venues



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The 54th annual AAU Junior Olympic Games began July 28 and will continue through Aug. 8 at several locations in Brevard County.

Cloth-faced coverings will be required at all locations for safety reasons. A six-foot social distance protocol also will be in effect.

Satellite High School will host the track and field competition from Aug. 5 to 8. Swimming began July 30 and will end Aug. 1 at the Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center. Karate will be held Aug. 1 at the Cocoa Beach Recreation Center.

Taekwondo will be held Aug. 8 at the Big House in Tavares. Archery is scheduled Aug.8 and 9 at the Easton Newberry Archery Center in Newberry, Fla.

Basketball will be conducted at Heritage High School, Palm Bay High, West Shore Junior/Senior High, Rockledge High and Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High from July 31 to Aug. 2.

Viera Regional Park will be the site for 7 vs. 7 football for both children and adults. The children will play Aug. 1 and 2, while the adults will take the field Aug. 8 and 9.

Beach Volleyball at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach began July 28 and will conclude Aug. 2.

The Presidents’ Youth Fitness Program is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High.

Soccer is slated for Aug. 8 and 9 at Mitchell Ellington Park on Merritt Island. Lacrosse will be played Aug. 8 and 9 at Viera Regional Park.

Footgolf will be held Aug. 1 at Mallards Landing Golf Course.

For information, call Keri Burns at 407-280-5110 or go to aaujrogames.org.  

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU):
The AAU Junior Olympic Games, in its 54-year history, is celebrated as the nation’s largest multi-sport event. From humble beginnings
in 1967 to present times, the popularity of the Games has exploded with representatives from all 50 states and several U.S. territories.
2020 will be the sixth time the AAU Junior Olympic Games will be held in Florida, and the second time the Games will be hosted on the
Space Coast in Brevard County. Other Florida cities include Jacksonville (1984), St. Petersburg (1990), Tallahassee (1991), Space Coast
(1994) and Orlando (2000).
The AAU is excited to hold the 54th AAU Junior Olympic Games in the Space Coast of Florida area. Originally scheduled for Hampton
Roads, Virginia, officials in Brevard County quickly stepped up to host the Games when the decision was made to move the event due to
athletic facility availability concerns in the state of Virginia.
The 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games will showcase youth athletes in more than 15 sports competing for the chance to bring home a
gold medal. New sports from our partners at the Florida Sports Foundation and Sunshine State Games will also be introduced for the
first time.
New for 2020, the AAU has waived the qualification component to open the events to as many athletes as possible especially those in
the state of Florida.
For those who can’t attend in person, Space Coast Daily, the event media sponsor, will provide event information throughout the games,
as well as live stream events and spotlight select individuals and team sports throughout the games.
The AAU is proud to work with our partners at the Florida Sports Foundation and the Sunshine State Games, the official sports
promotion and development organization for the State of Florida; and the business and sports community of Brevard County to present
the one-of-a-kind multi-sport event to athletes across the state of Florida and the United States.
 
ABOUT THE AAU:
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest non-profit volunteer sports organizations in the country. As a multi-sport
organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports programs. Founded in 1888 to
establish standards and uniformity in sports, the AAU philosophy of “Sports For All, Forever” is now shared by nearly 700,000 members
and 150,000 volunteers across 45 sports programs and 55 U.S. districts.
For more information, visit www.aausports.org | Instagram: @AAUSports | Twitter: @TheRealAAU | YouTube: youtube.com/
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