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Monday, June 30, 2008

Bloomington Welcomes AAU Girls' National Championship

Categories: press releases

Media Contact:

William Knox, 812.287.1523 or williamrk@mac.com

or Tosha Daugherty, 812.330.4303 or tosha@visitbloomington.com


Editors: Opening Ceremonies photo opportunity - July 4, 5 pm, at Assembly Hall.


Bloomington hosts 2008 AAU Girls’ Basketball

Division II National Championship


Nearly 30  teams will compete July 4-12.


Bloomington, Ind. – The Hoosier Amateur Sports Corporation, a Division of the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is pleased to host the 2008 AAU Girls’ Basketball Division II National Championship Tournament in Bloomington, July 4-12. The event is the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work for teams from around the country.


Some of the participating teams are traveling quite a distance to get here for the tournament – no easy feat with the current price of gasoline. Most teams have worked hard at not only qualifying for the National Championship through their on court play, but also at a variety of fundraisers to finance the trip as well. Some of the 28 teams are from as far away as Texas and Oklahoma, while others are from right here in the Bloomington area.


According to tournament Director William Knox, the event will bring an estimated $1,267,200 into the local Bloomington economy. “We are pleased to welcome these girls, their coaches and families to the Bloomington area to compete for a national title. Bloomington has a very strong basketball heritage and it will mean a lot to these young women to experience the tournament’s opening ceremonies at Indiana University’s legendary Assembly Hall where several Big Ten and NCAA Championship banners hang from the rafters.” Visiting teams and their families will be highly visible around town during the event as they explore the Bloomington area between games.


Spectators are Welcome

Spectators are welcome to attend the tournament and cheer on your hometown teams.  Admission for the tournament is $8 for a single day or $30 for a weekly pass. Children age 3-9 are $8 per day or $20 weekly and children under age 3 under are admitted free. Games will begin on Saturday, July 5th at the Bloomington SportsPlex. More information about the tournament is available online at www.visitbloomington.com/aaunational.