The latest members of the community to be recruited for the Dream
Team by Pearl and Summitt are City of Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale. "This is definitely a great
day for me as Im finally getting to fulfill my dream of getting
to play on a team for Bruce and Pat," Haslam said of his recruitment.
"Knox County is a perfect place for the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic
Games. As you know, Knox County has many assets, great sports venues
and hotels, great corporate support and a great spirit of community,"
Those who wish to volunteer for the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games
may do so online at www.knoxville.org or by calling the Dream Team
recruitment hotline at (865) 342-9113. For more information on the
2007 AAU Junior Olympic Games, visit www.aaujogames.com.
Officials at the KTSC estimate that the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic
Games will bring approximately $30.7 million of economic impact
to the Knoxville/Knox County community.
The AAU Junior Olympic Games is known as the largest national multi-sport
event for youth in the United States and has become the showcase
event of the AAU Sports Program. The AAU Junior Olympic Games have
been conducted in 19 states and 29 cities across the country. The
events popularity has exploded to now represent all 50 states.
This event has previously been held in Knoxville in 1968, 1970,
1993 and 2002, making 2007 the fifth year the city will play host.
The state of Tennessee has hosted the event more times than any
other state in the nation.
The AAU is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer sports organizations
in the country. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated
exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and
physical fitness programs for all ages.