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Amateur Athletic Union of The United States
Motto "Sports for All, Forever."
Formation January 21, 1888
Type Amateur Sports Organization
Headquarters Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Membership 205 National Olympic Committees
President Henry Forrest
The *Amateur Athletic Union* (*AAU*) is one of the largest non-profit
volunteer sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport
organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and
development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.
· 1 History
· 2 Programs
· 3 Sports offered
· 4 Criticism
· 5 References
· 6 External links
The AAU was founded in 1888 by William Buckingham Curtis to establish
standards and uniformity in amateur sport.^ During its early years the
AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the United
States in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with
the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic Games.
After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU focuses on providing sports
programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the local and
regional levels. The philosophy of the AAU is "Sports for All, Forever."
The AAU is divided into 56 distinct Districts, which annually sanction 34
sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 30,000 age division
events. The AAU events have over 500,000 participants and over 50,000
Programs offered by the AAU include: AAU Sports Program, AAU Junior Olympic
Games, AAU James E. Sullivan Memorial Award and the AAU Complete Athlete
Program. In addition, the President's Challenge program is administered on
behalf of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The AAU
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