AAU Junior Olympic Games to bring significant
economic impact to the Humble area
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Junior Olympic to bring significant economic impact to the Humble area
By Jennifer Summer
For a little over a week — July 27-Aug. 6 — 16,000 to 18,000 young athletes will compete in 18 different sports at seven venues throughout the Houston area at the annual AAU Junior Olympics.
For the third time, Humble Independent School District’s Turner Stadium will play host to the Track & Field division of the Junior Olympics.
“Turner Stadium is an ideal facility for us to host the Track & Field division of the AAU Junior Olympics and we’re thankful for the partnership with Humble ISD,” Chris Massey, director of events for the Houston Sports Authority recently said. “The Junior Olympics covers much more than just Track & Field. It’s through this community’s help we were able to host such a great event in 2012 that we were selected as one of their landmarks to host this event especially this year because it is their 50th anniversary.”
In addition to Turner Stadium, sports events will be held at the Pearland Natatorium, the Houston Sportspark, Butler Stadium, the George R. Brown Convention Center and Armadilla Lanes.
According to information provided by the Houston Sports Authority, who is the main organization that works to bring sports events like this to the Houston area; the economic impact will be huge for many areas throughout the area since many families will come to watch their young athletes compete.
“We estimate this will be a $51 million impact since the families will have to eat at restaurants, stay in hotels and when they aren’t competing, find entertainment and places to shop,” Massey said.
City of Humble City Manager Darrell Boeske agreed with Massey stating that every time the Junior Olympics is held in Humble, there is definite increase in business and boast in the local economy.
The Track & Field events will also draw an estimated 30,000 spectators to the event. One of the biggest areas they need help with in regards to this upcoming event is having enough volunteers for the 2,400 shifts and potential community partnerships.
“We teamed up with the Houston Sports Authority several years ago and the Track & Field division alone will bring in close to 14,000 young athletes and their families to the Humble area,” Humble ISD Co-Athletic Director Troy Kite said during a recent Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Humble BizCom meeting. “The economic impact to the Humble and surrounding communities is phenomenal. As our third event, the district does receive rental fees. The infrastructure improvements we’ve made to Turner Stadium are amazing.”
Humble ISD renovated Turner Stadium five years ago for a total of $20 million. After the renovations, Humble ISD representatives then allowed for three additions to be added at Turner Stadium that may not be seen at other schools such as a javelin runway, the steeplechase pit and the hammer pit for a total of $120,000.
“We do not offer these events in high school sports, but having these can attract these other events,” Kite added. “From this investment, we’ve come out millions of dollars ahead.”
They also completed an additional access road to Turner Stadium from Will Clayton Parkway — Rustic Timbers — and will add additional parking this summer and fiber optics within the stadium.
Turner Stadium is located at 1601 S Wilson Road in Humble.
For more information or to volunteer, visit www.aaujrogames.org/