Amateur Athletic Union

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The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is an amateur sports organization based in the United States.wikipedia
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James Edward Sullivan

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The AAU was founded on January 21, 1888, by James E. Sullivan with the goal of creating common standards in amateur sport.
He was one of the founders of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in 1888, serving as its secretary from 1889 until 1906 when he was elected as President of the Amateur Athletic Union from 1906 to 1909.

AAU Junior Olympic Games

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As part of this, the AAU Junior Olympic Games were introduced in 1949, with athletes aged 8 to 16 years, or older in certain sports, can participating. 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 Junior Olympic Games are the pinnacle competitions held annually by the US Amateur Athletic Union.

Amateur Sports Act of 1978

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During this time, the Olympic Sports Act of 1978 organized the United States Olympic Committee and saw the re-establishment of independent associations for the Olympic sports, referred to as national governing bodies.
Prior to the adoption of the Act in 1978, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) represented the United States on international competition matters and regulated amateur sports generally.

Amateur sports

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The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is an amateur sports organization based in the United States.
The act caused the breakup of the Amateur Athletic Union as a wholesale sports governing body at the Olympic level).

1923 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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In 1923 the AAU sponsored the First American Track & Field championships for women.
In the United States, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was founded in 1888, and held its first national championship in swimming for women in 1916.

Track and field

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After years of grumbling by athletes, the International Track Association was formed immediately after the 1972 Olympics to provide track and field athletes an opportunity to make money from their sporting efforts.
The establishment of general sports governing bodies for the United States (the Amateur Athletic Union in 1888) and France (the Union des sociétés françaises de sports athlétiques in 1889) put the sport on a formal footing and meant that international competitions became possible.

James E. Sullivan Award

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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 James E. Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), is awarded annually in April to "the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States".

International Track Association

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After years of grumbling by athletes, the International Track Association was formed immediately after the 1972 Olympics to provide track and field athletes an opportunity to make money from their sporting efforts.
It received immediate hostility from the then governing body in the United States for track and field the AAU.

USA Wrestling

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The USWF was formed in 1968 as an effort to take wrestling as an independent governing body.
When amateur wrestling, especially freestyle wrestling, gained prominence as an amateur sport after the Civil War, the Amateur Athletic Union first began to regulate it, sponsoring national tournaments and local athletic clubs in amateur wrestling.

Steve Prefontaine

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In the early 1970s, The AAU became the subject of criticism, notably by outspoken track star Steve Prefontaine, over the living conditions for amateur athletes under the AAU, as well as arbitrary rules.
It was during this year that Prefontaine began a protracted fight with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), which demanded that athletes who wanted to remain "amateur" for the Olympics not be paid for appearances in track meets.

William Buckingham Curtis

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The AAU was founded in 1888 by William Buckingham Curtis to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport.
Curtis helped found the Amateur Athletic Union in 1888, which eventually became the U.S. Olympic Committee.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

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More than 40 AAU national events are conducted at the resort's ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Initial tenants were Braves & its rookie team, the Harlem Globetrotters, NFL Experience, the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Amateur Athletic Union, Official All Star Café and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

Basketball

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In the years before World War I, the Amateur Athletic Union and the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (forerunner of the NCAA) vied for control over the rules for the game.

Sport of athletics

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Athletics became codified and standardized via the English AAA and other general sports organisations in the late 19th century, such as the Amateur Athletic Union (founded in the US in 1888) and the Union des sociétés françaises de sports athlétiques (founded in France in 1889).

Rick Butler sexual abuse allegations

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In 2016, the AAU was sued for allowing Rick Butler, a youth volleyball coach accused of sexually abusing his players in the past, coach an under-18 team in the AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships.
In July 2015, following an Outside the Lines report on the previous allegations against him, Butler stepped down from his role as Illinois district director of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), and the AAU announced that it would conduct a review of its child-protection policies.

Powerlifting

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In 1958, the AAU's National Weightlifting Committee decided to begin recognizing records for odd lifts.

United Hockey Union

The United Hockey Union (UHU) is a group of junior ice hockey leagues and the NCHA college club league based in North America.
The UHU is overseen and insured by the Amateur Athletic Union.

Gustavus Town Kirby

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Gustavus Town Kirby (January 22, 1874 - March 28, 1956) was the president of the Amateur Athletic Union from 1911 to 1913.

Alfred John Lill Jr.

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Alfred John Lill Jr. (January 1, 1880 - March 18, 1956) was the president of the Amateur Athletic Union and a member of the United States Olympic Committee for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

National Collegiate Hockey Association

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The United Hockey Union (UHU) is a group of junior ice hockey leagues and the NCHA college club league based in North America.
In July 2014, the NCHA was sanctioned by the United Hockey Union, a branch of Amateur Athletic Union.

Gymnastics

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It was a gymnastic event sanctioned by both the NCAA and the AAU until the early 1960s.

Avery Brundage

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In 1910, as a member of the Chicago Athletic Association (CAA), he finished third in the national all-around championships (an American predecessor of the decathlon), sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), and continued training, aiming at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.

George J. Turner

George J. Turner (1873-January 9, 1936) was the treasurer of the South Atlantic Association when he was elected president of the Amateur Athletic Union from 1915 to 1916.

International Ice Hockey Federation

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Neither body is recognized by USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, or the International Ice Hockey Federation.
The 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz were the subject of a power struggle between two American federations, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU; recognized by the International Olympic Committee), and the Amateur Hockey Association (AHA; recognized by the LIHG), both of which had sent teams to the tournament.