Posted on August 16, 2015 at 1:59 am by Clay Curtin
Menlo Park will host 8 to10 Amateur Athletic Union
youth basketball tournaments this year at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium
. Local AAU organizations manage the tournaments, which feature both boys and girls from grades 3-12. Each weekend more than 20 teams will give it their all in attempting to win the division championship. Visiting teams come from around the Bay Area, as well as other parts of the state. 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 U.S. 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, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of "Sports for All, Forever," is shared by over 650,000 participants and over 100,000 volunteers.