Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC) Announces Sponsorship Opportunities for the AAU Junior Olympic Games
Hampton Roads businesses and volunteers welcome 15,000 athletes, their families and officials from all 50 states during the national Junior Olympic Games this summer.
Norfolk, Virginia. April 22, 2015. The Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC) will host the AAU Junior Olympic Games from July 29 through August 8 for the 5th time since 1998. This year’s event is anticipated to generate $50 million in overall economic impact for the Hampton Roads region. Today marks the 100th day until the start, and because of the extensive size of the Games, HRSC is currently extending the opportunity for businesses and organizations to become sponsors and for individuals to sign up for volunteer positions.
Sponsors and vendors will join Sentara and CHKD who have stepped in as medical sponsors and GEICO, the first Silver Sponsor and most recently, Kroger. Sponsorships include both Silver and Bronze levels as well as a Pick Your Sport opportunity and Vendor sponsorships for onsite events.
“At GEICO we consider it an honor and a privilege to support and stand behind the Hampton Roads Sports Commission and the AAU Junior Olympics Games,” said Joe Thomas, Regional VP, GEICO. “The AAU’s dedication to promoting good sportsmanship and good citizenship for youth athletes and the tremendous impact the JO Games have on our community make this a winning combination. We are proud to continue our partnership with such a great event.”
The cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton and Newport News are also sponsors and will host the games at facilities within their cities, from the Virginia Beach oceanfront to the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton with the Celebration of Athletes at Dick Price Stadium, Norfolk State University. These cities will be afforded the chance to provide lodging, food, shopping, and tourism to over 35,000 attendees and family members.
As one of the largest multi-sport youth events in the country, the AAU Junior Olympic Games will also require over 2,000 volunteers during the ten days. Volunteers will receive admission to events, special discounts to local businesses and attractions, and 2015 AAU JO Games Volunteer T-shirt. HRSC is especially interested in employees volunteering to maximize positive exposure for companies and service organizations.
To learn more about the sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, please contact and visit www.HamptonRoadsSports.org.
Founded in February of 1999, HRSC has focused on endorsing Hampton Roads as an attractive and attainable location for national and international amateur sporting events. The organization has successfully managed the AAU Junior Olympic Games (1998, 2001, 2006, 2010), the Color Me Rad 5K (2012, 2013), the Red Cross Heroes Games (2003, 2004), and the National Senior Games (2003), among many others. It is the mission of HRSC to continue to find new ways to “to enhance the economy and quality of life” in Hampton Roads by appealing to sporting events that bring extensive tourism and publicity to the community. The Sports Commission has generated more than $168 million in economic impact for the region since 1999.
About AAU Junior Olympic Games
HRSC has hosted the AAU Junior Olympic Games four times with 2015 marking its fifth opportunity to conduct this national event. The AAU Games have a long history of spurring heathy athletic competition that began in 1967. Since then, the Games have grown to become the principal multi-sporting event for children and young adults in the United States. Over 15,000 representatives from all 50 states and many U.S. territories attend the Games to participate in over 20 sports. These competitors share the vision of the AAU organization, “Sports for All, Forever,” and will spread this philosophy throughout Hampton Roads in the 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games.