BREVARD, Fla.—Florida’s Space Coast will host the 2020 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games in late July and early August at Viera Regional Park. The announcement was made by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
“There couldn’t be a better place to hold this event right now than at Florida’s Space Coast,” said Dr. Roger Goudy, AAU president and CEO. “The support and commitment we’ve seen at all levels, from Gov. DeSantis to Brevard County local officials has been impressive. Working together, we are laying a strong, solid foundation for what will be an exciting 54thedition of the AAU Junior Olympics.
This is the second time the AAU Junior Olympic Games have been held on the Space Coast, and the ninth time in Florida.
The 2020 games are a collaboration between the AAU, Space Coast Office of Tourism, Gov. DeSantis, the Florida Sports Foundation, the Brevard County School Board, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners and the Sunshine State Games.
The event is expected to create an economic impact of at least $3 to $3.5 million and more than 10,000 hotel room nights with restaurants and other local businesses benefiting from the 2,000 to 3,000 athletes, parents, coaches and families traveling to the event.
The event was originally scheduled to be held in Hampton Roads, Va., but was not able to take place there because of COVID-19.