Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) banner
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is an amateur sports organization based in the United States. It is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. It was founded in 1888, with the goal of creating common standards in amateur sports. It focuses on the support and promotion of predominantly youthful athletes, as well as on the organization of national sports events. Most national championships in the United States have taken place under AAU leadership and it represents US sports within various international sports federations.