While athletes from around the world make their way to Rio De Janeiro for the Olympic Games, the Houston area will see the same influx with athletes competing in the 2016 AAU Junior Olympics.
Beginning this week, tens of thousands of athletes will compete in events ranging from karate, table tennis and field hockey to track and field events.
The George R. Brown Convention Center will hose baton twirling (July 31 – Aug. 4) , cheerleading (July 31 – Aug. 1), jump rope (July 27 – July 31), karate (July 30-31), kung fu (July 31-Aug.1) , sport stacking (July 28-July 30), strength sports (July 28-Aug. 2), taekwondo (July 28-30), table tennis (July 28-Aug.3), trampoline and tumbling (July 27-31) and wrestling (July 31-Aug.5).
Finally, the track and field events will be held at Turner Stadium in Humble. Multi-events will be held July 30-31, while track and field events will be held August 1-6.
On Sunday, at the M.O. Campbell Center a Celebration of Athletes Opening Ceremony will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the AAU Junior Olympics. A daily pass cost $12 and a passport, giving you access to all events through the duration of the AAU Junior Olympics is $40. Children six and under are free. Tickets may be purchased onsite at all competition venues.
Also on Tuesday the Meals over Medals Food Drive will be held with all donations benefitting the Houston Food Bank. Food needed is canned tuna, chicken, vegetables, tomatoes and beans as well as peanut butter, granola bars, rice krispie treats, school snacks and other canned goods.
Drop-off locations include Turner Stadium and the George R. Brown Convention Center. People that donate two or more items will receive a coupon for 20 percent off a single item at the Harris County Houston Sports Authority merchandise booths.
For more information including a full schedule of all the events visit aaujrogames.org.