Lake Buena Vista, FL—The Amateur Athletic Union, the nation’s leader in youth sports, announces the appointment of Henry Forrest as the organization’s new president. Forrest assumes the role after the sudden passing of former president, Louis Stout.
Forrest brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, having served in multiple leadership roles within the AAU for over 20 years.
“Mr. Forrest has been around the AAU for a long time and knows what our organization needs to continue to be successful in the future,” said James Parker, Vice President of Operations for the AAU. “I am looking forward to working for Henry, a man who is full of integrity and always does what is right for our AAU members.”
Forrest is a natural-born leader with over 35 years of law enforcement experience. He will continue to champion the positive ideals and goals set forth by the AAU for its members.
“No words can adequately express our sadness at Louis Stout’s passing or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him,” said Forrest. “I am honored to step in and assist our organization during this transition to make us stronger. I can assure you, the AAU will continue to be the industry leader in youth sports now and for years to come.”
Prior to stepping in as President, Forrest served in multiple capacities for the AAU including: AAU 1st and 2nd Vice President, Arkansas Boys Basketball Director and the Chairman of the AAU Compliance Committee.
About the AAU
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. During its early years, the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in 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 grassroots level. The philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever,” is shared by more than 500,000 participants and more than 50,000 volunteers. The AAU is divided into 56 distinct Districts. These Districts annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships and over 30,000 age division events.