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GREENSBORO — A YMCA national swim meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center that kicked off Tuesday kicked off a key three-week period in the city to attract sports tourism dollars.

The YMCA National Long Course Swimming Championships are being held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center through Saturday, and the event will be followed by the 12-sport AAU Junior Olympics which begin July 26 and run through July 26. August 6.

Coupled with the Wyndham PGA Tour Championship Aug. 4-7 at Sedgefield Country Club, Triad spectators can get their fill of watching multiple sports while hotels, restaurants and other businesses benefit from tourism dollars.

“This lineup of summer events is a perfect example of how sports tourism is a key driver of economic development in our region,” Greensboro Sports Foundation President and CEO Richard Beard said in a statement. Press release. “The economic impact of these three summer events amounts to nearly $70 million.”

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Beard congratulated Henri Fourrier and his team at the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau for winning the AAU Junior Olympics in 2019. Greensboro will host the Junior Olympics again in 2024.

The swim meet, featuring nearly 600 athletes from YMCA swim clubs across the country, was last held in 2019 in College Park, Maryland.

Preliminary sessions begin at 9 a.m. daily until Saturday, with finals starting at 5 p.m. daily.

The AAU Junior Olympics will bring together 18,000 athletes and up to 40,000 participants in total, including families and spectators.

A highlight of the Junior Olympics will be the track and field competition, scheduled for July 29-August 29. 6 at NC A&T’s Marcus T. Johnson track inside Truist Stadium.

Among the most notable alumni of athletics competition are current Olympic gold medalists Athing Mu and Sydney McLaughlin as well as Trayvon Bromell and Erriyon Knighton, all of whom are competing at the World Championships this week in Eugene, Oregon. Olympic legends Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Raeford native Kathy McMillan, late NC Central star Charles Foster and Evelyn Ashford are also Junior Olympics alumni.

AAU competition is also scheduled for these sports (at the Greensboro Coliseum complex, unless otherwise noted):

  • Trampoline and tumbling (July 26-29)
  • Wrestling (July 26-29)
  • Stick tournament (July 27-30)
  • Karate (July 27-29)
  • Sports stacking (July 28-30)
  • Swimming (July 28-31)
  • Taekwando (July 29-August 3)
  • Skipping rope (July 30-August 3)
  • Basketball (July 31-August 3)
  • Fencing (July 31-August 3)
  • Field Hockey, Wake Forest (August 1-3)

Apart from track and field stars, basketball players Kevin Durant and A’ja Wilson, diver Hailey Hernandez and surfer John John Florence also competed in the AAU Junior Olympics.

Winston-Salem hosted the AAU competition in 1981 and Charlotte in 1997. The Junior Olympics will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2023 and Houston in 2025.