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JAN 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2018 21 SPECIAL FEATURE: Awards & Recognition Issue campaign where money was donated to FRIENDS (Friends, Reaching, Inspiring, Educat- ing, Neighbors about Down Syndrome) at the AAU Gymnastics Group National Champion- ships in Kingsport, Tenn. More than 100 families in the Greater Tri- cities area benefited from the donations. Then at the Taekwon- do National Cham- pionships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the next month, $5,000 was given to Feeding South Florida to pro- vide money for food pantries, homeless shelters and day care centers in that area. More than 30,000 meals were provided in the South Florida area because of those funds. The AAU prioritizes giving back to the community and teaching children that the games and tournaments are only one part of partic- ipating in sports. "I grew up in a very poor family. My mom worked to pay the bills and sports kept me going straight, a way to occupy my time. I see these kids today and the look on their faces – they have hope. You see, we want to grow the whole child." To do that, Dr. Goudy said AAU relies on volunteers, but he said the volunteers rarely receive the accolades they deserve. "The side that never gets told is about the volunteers and how they commit 30 and 40 years to track, karate, basketball and other sports, but we only hear the negative," Dr. Goudy said. "We are blessed with a lot of good people and good volunteers. The truth is 99.9 percent of all volunteers have good intentions and that's what people should hear." As a volunteer in his own right, Dr. Goudy was inducted into the National AAU Volunteer Hall of Fame in 1999. Also, he has won other awards and prestigious honors over the years, including the Emile Breikwitcz Volleyball Person of the Year in 2010 and the AAU Volleyball Jack Schatz Award in 2006. Dr. Goudy was also part of the leadership group that worked to sign a 30-year agreement to bring AAU to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The agreement made the AAU one of two anchor tenants along with the Atlanta Braves at the site in Orlando. He was recognized this year as the National Association of Sports Commission's (NASC) Sports Event Organizer of the Year, SportsEvents Magazine's planner to watch for 2017 and 2018, as well as other prestigious honors. Dr. Goudy also promotes AAU Proud, an initiative to highlight fun over competition for children starting out in youth sports. "When people come to AAU events we want them to have fun while enjoying the amateur sports experience." AAU Proud pro- vides athletic activi- ties and sports skills in a non-compet- itive environment for children ages 4-7. The program hosted the AAU Proud Field Day at Starwood Academy in May 2017 with 45 students ages 5-11 participating in basketball drills and hula-hoops. Other events include the 3x8 Journey DanceSport, the North Carolina AAU District Champion- ships, the Arkansas District Track and Field summer program and the Georgia AAU District Tots and Tweens Track Meet."We are reaching children and making a difference growing the whole child," Dr. Goudy said. "I want these children to feel like LeBron James feels playing in the NBA. Everyone has a right to have fun and everyone should enjoy the experience." n From large-scale facilities to sprawling o u td o or fields, Cheste r Co u nty's Brandywine Valley offers an array of options for sporting events. BrandywineValley.com/Sports BRING IT. WE G OT IT. 'CAUSE WE GOT IT. / ch e ste rco u n t ysp o rt s / b ran d ywinevalleysp o rt s

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