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Local junior athletes win big at AAU Junior Olympic Games

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

7 Senior Swim Team students from American Renaissance Academy qualified to compete in the Junior Olympic Games in Texas and came home with 21 medals.  Kealani Tanizaki-Hudson also won the top female athlete  “Joel Farrell” award. This is the third such award ARA has won at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games.

The AAU Junior Olympic Games are known as the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States. The 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 and physical fitness programs. The AAU philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever” is shared by over 670,000 members and 60,000 volunteers nationwide. Over 34 sports are offered in the 57 AAU Districts. 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.

The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports. 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 and the establishment of the United States Olympic Committee, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level.

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