Light the Torch and Let the Games Begin: 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games


New Orleans–Let the games begin! The 2011 AAU Jr. Olympics are heading to the Big Easy. Kicking off July 27th in New Orleans, Louisiana, the AAU’s top amateur athletes from around the country and the Caribbean will compete in a broad range of sports for a chance to take home the gold. Competitions begin Thursday, July 28th with   Jump Rope, Table Tennis and Weightlifting.

At this years’ AAU Jr. Olympics you can expect to see everything from fresh faces to reigning champions back to defend their title. Golden girls Daesha Rogers, Kendell Williams, Brittney Ellis and Darinka Angelova are just a few of the familiar names competing in the 2011 AAU Jr. Olympics.

From grade school to high school, kids of all ages will compete in Baton Twirling, Bowling, Swimming, Track and Field, and Gymnastics– just to name a few.

Participants must have a qualifying score to compete in the AAU Jr. Olympics, unless they are competing in the following sports: Cheerleading, Football, Powerlifting, Table Tennis and Wrestling, these events are open to anyone.

Here’s the official list of all the sports included:

  • Baton Twirling
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Field Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Jump Rope
  • Karate
  • Multi-Events
  • Powerlifting
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Track and Field
  • Trampoline & Tumbling
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Track and Field will have “Watch Now” segments for the running events and select field events, as well as “On Demand” segments (archived footage from the Track and Field Junior Olympic events) that you can view the next day. CLIKE HERE for more information on that.

If you’re taking any videos or pictures of your teams and athletes during the Games, we’d love to see what’s happening and share with everyone else! You can send everything to If you do send anything over, be sure to tell  us the team or athlete name along with where you guys are from and what they’re competing in.

For all the up to date info on the Junior Olympics, head on over to

Let the good times roll in New Orleans!