Greensboro will be earning its moniker Tournament Town in the next three weeks by hosting three major athletic events.
During the next three weeks, Greensboro will host the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championships and the Wyndham Championship PGA golf tournament.
The 83rd annual Wyndham Championship – founded in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open (and still called the GGO by some oldtimers) – will be held at Sedgefield Country Club Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 7.
The AAU Junior Olympics, from Tuesday, July 26 though Saturday, Aug. 6, is expected to bring 18,000 athletes and more than 40,000 event attendees, which includes athletes, coaches, families and fans to Greensboro. According to the AAU, the track and field portion of the event is the largest track and field event in the world.
The Junior Olympic athletes will compete on the Marcus T. Johnson Track at NC A&T State University, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex including the Greensboro Aquatic Center and at Wake Forest University.
And if you’re looking for something to do this week, from Tuesday, July 19 through Saturday, July 23, the Greensboro Aquatic Center will be hosting the YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championships. The YMCA cancelled the long course championships in 2020 and 2021, so this is the first time it’s been held since 2019. The event is expected to bring about 600 swimmers representing YMCA swim clubs from across the country.
Greensboro Sports Foundation president and CEO Richard Beard in a press release said, “This lineup of summer events is a perfect example of how sports tourism is a key economic development driver in our region. The economic impact of just these three summer events is nearly $70 million. We’re proud to host these great events and appreciate the efforts of Henri Fourrier and his team at the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau for landing the AAU Junior Olympics in 2019, answering the call to bring the event back this year and scheduling its return to Tournament Town again in 2024. It’s also a credit to hundreds of volunteers whose dedicated, hospitable, welcoming nature make Tournament Town known nationwide.”