Countdown to 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games begins
April 10, 2007 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Beginning today, Knoxville residents will notice a new addition to the exterior of the West Town Mall property a countdown clock located at the corner of Kingston Pike and Morrell Road. The clock is a result of the countdown to the 2007 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games one of the largest events taking place in Knoxville this summer.
Today, during a press conference at West Town Mall, Coach Pat Summitt, Gloria Ray, President and CEO of the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation (KTSC), and WATE-TV personalities Gene Patterson and Lori Tucker kicked off a campaign to countdown to the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games and to recruit more helpers for the event's volunteer organization, the "Dream Team."
The campaign for the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games began with a preliminary press conference on January 30, 2007, when Ray, Coach Summitt, Coach Bruce Pearl, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale announced the formation of the "Dream Team," a volunteer organization designed to assist with the 11-day event that will take place July 25 through Aug. 4, 2007. Pearl and Summitt have pledged their time and support to become the official "Å“co-head coaches" of Knoxville's "Dream Team."
This year's AAU Junior Olympic Games will bring more than 17,000 athletes and 20,000 coaches, family members and spectators to the Knoxville area. Twenty-two sports from taekwondo to baseball and 27 venues around the Knoxville/Knox County area will be represented at the event.
Those who wish to volunteer for the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games may do so online at www.knoxville.org or by calling the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dream TeamÃ¢â‚¬Â recruitment hotline at (865) 342-9113. For more information on the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games, visit www.knoxville.org.
Officials at the KTSC estimate that the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games will bring approximately $30.7 million of economic impact to the Knoxville/Knox County community.
The AAU Junior Olympic Games is known as the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States and has become the showcase event of the AAU Sports Program. The AAU Junior Olympic Games have been conducted in 19 states and 29 cities across the country. The event's popularity has exploded to now represent all 50 states.
This event has previously been held in Knoxville in 1968, 1970, 1993 and 2002, making 2007 the fifth year the city will play host. The state of Tennessee has hosted the event more times than any other state in the nation.
The AAU is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer sports organizations in the country. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs for all ages.
The Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation promotes the Knoxville/Knox County area as a premier destination for conventions, sports-related events & leisure travelers to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the City and County, while generating economic impact & development.
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