Hosted by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC), an affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the AAU Junior Olympic Games will be this summer from July 29 to August 8, where 15,000 athletes ages 7 to 17 compete. During the Celebration of Athletes on August 3, 2015, one of the exciting aspects of the ceremony will be the inaugural presentation of three Jack Ankerson Awards given by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission.
The HRSC will award three (3) local AAU Junior Olympic athletes $500 each. The awards are in honor of the first Hampton Roads Sports Commission Executive Director, Jack Ankerson. Mr. Ankerson's longtime involvement in sports in the Hampton Roads area along with his charisma, hard work and dedication to everything he is involved with, is nothing short of admirable!
The applicants completed a 500 word essay and responded to questions on previous AAU Junior Olympic Games participation, community service activities, extracurricular activities, and jobs/internships. The age for applicants was 12-17 years and required a copy of school transcripts.
The recipients will be recognized and awarded a check at the event.
EVENT DETAILS: Announcement and recognition at the Celebration of Athletes
WHEN / WHERE: Monday, August 3, 2015 at Norfolk, 7:00 p.m., Norfolk State University Stadium
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About the AAU Junior Olympic Games
HRSC has hosted the AAU Junior Olympic Games four times with 2015 marking its fifth opportunity to conduct this national event. The AAU Games have a long history of spurring healthy athletic competition that began in 1967. Since then, the Games have grown to become the principal multi-sporting event for children and young adults in the United States. Over 15,000 representatives from all 50 states and many U.S. territories attend the Games to participate in about 20 sports. These competitors share the vision of the AAU organization, “Sports for All, Forever,” and will spread this philosophy throughout Hampton Roads in the 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games.