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Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and International School Sport Federation (ISF) Team Up to Host Global Events for Youth

The collaboration will see AAU and ISF work together to bring new events to the United States each year beginning in 2024

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 30, 2023) — The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and International School Sport Federation (ISF) are proud to announce a new collaboration with the intent to establish a global multi-sports event program for youth annually. 

The two entities are exploring a collaboration that will see ISF and AAU work together to host events for athletes under the age of 15 years old from across the globe. The goal is to start hosting events sometime in 2024 in Orlando, Florida, USA. 

ISF, based in Belgium, is an international non-profit sport organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to organize world school championships for youth ages 6 to 18 years old. The organization’s mission is to promote among young people mutual understanding, volunteerism, empowerment, peace, non-discrimination, healthy lifestyles, social inclusion, and gender equality. ISF currently consists of 132 member countries from five (5) continents representing countries from Africa, Europe, Oceania, America, and Asia.

“ISF and AAU will combine our extensive youth sports expertise to put on unique events for international athletes that foster and Olympic spirit,” said J.B. (Jo) Mirza, AAU President. “Orlando, the home of AAU, provides an enticing location to host these events. As the most visited destination in the United States, there are plenty of activities and attractions for athletes and their families to enjoy.”

AAU and ISF are committed to an initial objective of 5,000 to 10,000 athletes participating in the inaugural year of the program. The organizations will work to create an unparalleled event experience that promotes physical fitness, offers competitive opportunities, and provides a cultural experience for athletes, parents, and volunteers to foster a new camaraderie with people from numerous countries.

“The collaboration between AAU and ISF is a unique opportunity to share expertise and to combine efforts for Global youth sport promotion and strengthening Olympics values.” said Laurent Petrynka ISF President.

About ISF:

Founded in 1972, the International School Sport Federation (ISF) is an international non-profit sport organization, acting as the umbrella organization and governing body for national school sport organizations around the world, organizing sport, and educational events for youth from 6 to 18 years old.

Recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1995, the ISF currently consists of 132 members over the five continents organizing over 10 events per year and has more than 30 different sports included in its competition program. Key vision of ISF, A world where sport and education provide opportunities for all students to empower themselves to become active citizens and to foster healthier communities. For more information:

About AAU:

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer sports organizations in the United States. As a multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports programs. Founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in sports, the AAU philosophy of “Sports For All, Forever” is now shared by more than 720,000 members and 150,000 volunteers across 45 sports programs. The largest sport in the AAU, volleyball, has approximately 230,000 members annually. Other AAU sports programs include basketball, track and field, wrestling, swimming, diving, football, gymnastics, karate, taekwondo and hockey. For more, visit 


Olympic Gold Medalist Carissa Moore Wins 92nd AAU James E. Sullivan Award

Honolulu, Hawaii (December 8, 2022) – Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore is the winner of the 92nd AAU James E. Sullivan Award. She’s the first surfer and first Hawaii native to ever take home the prestigious award, which has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding athlete at the collegiate or Olympic level in the United States.

Moore was presented with the AAU Sullivan Award during the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame ceremony in Honolulu, organized by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, on Thursday, December 8.

L – R: Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Board members Billy Berger and Billy Pratt with AAU President J.B. Mirza, 92nd AAU Sullivan winner Carissa Moore, and 92nd AAU Sullivan Director Denny Lennon

Moore is a five-time World Champion and two-time Triple Crown of Surfing champion but may be best remembered as the first Olympic gold medalist in the women’s short board event at the 2020 Tokyo Games. She was inducted into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame in 2021.

“To the AAU, thank you so much for this incredible honor, she said. “When I first heard I was nominated I was already blown away. Wow this is really cool. I really appreciate it. Thank you.”

The Honolulu, Hawaii native grew up surfing in the same bay as the legendary “father of surfing” Duke Kahanamoku. Duke won the AAU‘s first swim race in Hawaii in 1911, shattering the world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He competed in the 1912, 1920, and 1924 Olympic Games for the AAU; at the time, the AAU organization acted as the governing body of U.S. Olympic athletes.

Moore was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame in 2014 and is the first surfer in history to win a World Surf League title and Olympic gold medal in the same year.

“I’m extremely proud of our recipient this year. Carissa Moore is a perfect example of what this award represents – athletic excellence, leadership, character, and sportsmanship, said J.B. (Jo) Mirza, AAU President. She will forever be remembered as the first-ever surfer to win the AAU Sullivan Award, and first from Hawaii, which is a remarkable milestone in the award’s storied history.

Moore joins a renowned list of recipients. Last year, Olympians Simone Biles and Caeleb Dressel were crowned co-winners. Other prior winners include Carl Lewis (track and field), Wilma Rudolph (track and field), Bill Bradley (basketball), Mark Spitz (swimming), Bill Walton (basketball), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track and field), Rulon Gardner (wrestling), Michael Phelps (swimming), Michelle Kwan (figure skating), Shawn Johnson (gymnastics), Peyton Manning (football), J.J. Redick (basketball), and Tim Tebow (football).

The other finalists for the 92nd AAU James E. Sullivan Award included Jocelyn Alo (softball), Jordan Burroughs (wrestling), Ivan Melendez (baseball), and Bryce Young (football).

The award was presented to Moore at the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame event at the historic Outrigger Canoe Club at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Trophy presentation and acceptance speech (video, photo) available here:

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