Pandemic costing youth sports millions, creating uncertainty
April 19, 2020
DALLAS (AP) — Less than a month ago, AAU President Roger Goudy watched membership in the long-running youth sports organization drop from 20,000 ahead of last year's pace to about 3,000 behind in just a week.
For now, he hopes a girls volleyball tournament he helped turn into one of the world's biggest will somehow be played in late June. Should the coronavirus pandemic disrupt that event along with other tournaments, Goudy is prepared to view the Amateur Athletic Union's financial losses as significant.
"If we don't crank up, I'd say, by the first of May, we're going to see some tremendo...