When Roger Goudy won re-election to the AAU presidency at the organization’s convention in Cleveland in October, it marked just the seventh re-election in the 130-year history of AAU.
The former college football player, educator and school superintendent oversaw the beginning of three major initiatives in his first term:
- Global Initiative is a push to help other countries with amateur athletics as well as attract them to stateside AAU events
- Urban Initiative involves AAU partnering with state and county officials to provide financial assistance for sports event programming for at-risk youth
- AAU Cares sets up AAU athletes to give back to communities with volunteer work.
Goudy says his second term will focus on sharpening the new efforts while solidifying the AAU’s core mission of organizing amateur sports for youth.
“We’ve been doing this for 130 years and I want us to be doing it for another 130, and I think for us to continue to do that we’ve got to take the leadership role,” he says. “It can’t be symbolic; it can’t be some external force. It’s got to be us the ones that run these programs to say, ‘Hey, look we’re going to run clean programs, we’re going to run quality programs, and we’re going to run the best programs available for kids.”
Connect Sports recently asked Goudy more about his plan.