That's a wrap for the Kung Fu competition at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games! The one day event took place yesterday, July 24th at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Twenty-one AAU members gave it all they had to try to claim a gold medal. At the end of the day, all participants took home a medal, with some claiming more than others.
We had some intense and exciting competition for the inaugural Kung Fu event in the AAU Junior Olympic Games! Boys and girls ranging from seven to sixteen years old were full of talent during this competition, but one boy, Ty Roberts was the eptiome of sportsmanship and maintained a great attitude throughout the event.
Roberts earned the first Joel Ferrell award ever given for Kung Fu in the AAU Junior Olympic Games. The AAU, along with the assistance and the guidance of the Joel Ferrell family, established the Joel Ferrell Outstanding Performance Memorial Award to recognize the athletic ability and sportsmanship of an athlete representing each official sport at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. In addition to the award presented at the Games, each recipient's name will be engraved on a special plaque at the AAU National Headquarters.
At the end of the day, everyone went home winners and we hope that everyone had a fantastic time. We hope to see you again next year and good luck in all of your future endeavors!
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