Two months ago the city of Knoxville gave a press release that announced the Dream Team. The Dream Team has signed on Bruce Pearl and Pat Summit, as well as Mayor Bill Haslam and County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, and they are looking for an additional 3,500 volunteers to help with the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games, Knoxville Tennessee.
Knoxville has been the host of the AAU Junior Olympic Games in 1968, 1970, 1993 and 2002 making this the fifth time Knoxville will host the games. The expected economic impact is around 30.7 million as estimated by Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation (KTSC).
There will be approximately 17,000 participants, 20,000 coaches, family members and spectators involved in the Knoxville area for the Junior Olympic Games which is scheduled for July 25 - August 4, 2007. Young folks will compete in a variety of sports such as Baseball, Baton Twirling, Beach Volleyball, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Cheerleading, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Jump Rope, Karate, Multi-EventsRacewalk, Powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Track & Field, Trampoline & Tumbling, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
The official AAU Junior Olympic Games Website is http://www.aaujrogames.org/. Knoxville residents can find more information from the City’s Website. I am going to update this post with more information as the dates get closer and I will note some “must see” locations. Feel free to make any suggestions on must visit locations for our out of state friends in the comments to this post.