Gatlinburg to host AAU Girls Basketball National Championship in 2018

tsj sports (1)Rocky Top Sports World lands prestigious national basketball event

GATLINBURG (press release)—Rocky Top Sports World and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announce the AAU Girls Basketball 5th Grade National Championship is coming to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2018.

Founded in 1888, the AAU is one of largest, multi-sport, amateur sport event organizations in the United States. Its girls basketball program dates back to 1972, and its women’s basketball history dates as far back as 1926 when the first Women’s Basketball National Championship was held.

Participating girls teams from across the country will visit the Gatlinburg area Summer 2018, bringing with them a positive economic impact for area hotels, shops and restaurants. The six day long event is expected to draw more than 100 teams to the area.

“The state of Tennessee has always been a huge supporter of girls and women’s basketball,” said Dr. Roger Goudy, AAU President/CEO. “With its state of the art facility and top notch professional staff, Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the perfect fit to host an AAU Girls Basketball National Championship.”

Rocky Top Sports World is no stranger to hosting AAU tournaments. This year alone, the new 80-acre state-of-the-art sports campus in the heart of the Smoky Mountains hosted two state AAU Championships in Girls Basketball. “It is truly a great opportunity for Rocky Top Sports World to be awarded an AAU National Championship in our first year of opening,” stated Rocky Top Sports World General Manager Steve Daugherty. “The AAU is an industry leader and we are glad to have such a strong working relationship with this organization.”

Rocky Top Sports World is the premier youth and amateur tournament destination in the South. “The Rock” indoor facility features six state-of-the-art hardwood courts, Champs Grill, team rooms and mezzanine viewing area. With an additional four courts on-site, Rocky Top Sports World is the ideal location for the AAU Girls Basketball 5th Grade National Championship. Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains offer numerous attractions and dining and shopping opportunities for athletes and spectators.

“For many years, the City of Gatlinburg has been a top vacation destination for families seeking special experiences while making lasting memories,” stated Cindy Ogle, Gatlinburg City Manager. “We are excited to welcome the AAU National Championship and plan to make this tournament event an unforgettable one.”

Numerous Girls Basketball AAU alumni have gone on to college and professional ranks including Candace Parker, Chamique Holdsclaw and Diana Taurasi to name a few.

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