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AAU Junior Olympic Games

hand and gold medalDes Moines will host the AAU Junior Olympic Games from July 22, 2014 through August 2, 2014. The United States Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games is the largest gathering of amateur athletes in the United States. Proud of her city’s opportunity to showcase Des Moines to athletes from all over the country, Dr. Jessica Johnson is also delighted to provide quality dental care to her community.

What is the AAU?

The AAU is a non-profit volunteer sports organization that promotes amateur sports through it’s over 500,000 members and 60,000 volunteers across the nation. The AAU was formed in 1888 and historically has worked with Olympic committees to prepare American athletes for international competition. The Junior Olympics began in 1967 as 523 athletes went to Washington, D. C. to compete in the first competition. This year, it is expected that over 16,000 participants will take compete in the Junior Olympics.

Sports in the Junior Olympics

There are vast arrays of sports that constitute the Junior Olympics. Among the sports that will be featured are:

*Swimming and diving

*Track and field


*Beach volleyball








Locations in Des Moines:

The events will take place all over Des Moines. A listing of locations including the dates and times is available now. Featured locations include the Iowa Events Center, The University of Iowa, Drake University, and the Prairie Ridge Sports Complex.

Opportunities to Volunteer:

An event the size and the nature of the Junior Olympics requires the assistance of many people. Volunteers are still needed to assist with the events. If you are interested in volunteering, the Des Moines Area Sports Commission would like to hear from you.

Visit your Des Moines Dentist

If you are looking for a dentist in the Des Moines area that delivers award winning dental care, contact Dr. Jessica Johnson. To schedule your visit at Valley Ridge Family Dental, contact our West Des Moines dentist office at (515) 223-9764. We serve West Des Moines, Waukeen, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding Des Moines metro communities.


MapValley Ridge Family Dental
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West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
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Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
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