MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Aubriella Hairston of Rainsville was honored by Governor Kay Ivey at a special proclamation signing ceremony at the State Capital in Montgomery on January 27. She was honored for her selection as 2019 Athlete of the Year for the Alabama State Games, Alabama’s Olympics that recently celebrated its 37th year.
Hairston is a well-rounded athlete, having competed at a high level in gymnastics prior to taking up her current sport of Ninja competition. We are pleased to announce that she was selected as the National Congress of State Games (NCSG) National Youth Female Athlete of the Year. This is the first time an athlete from the state of Alabama has been honored with this national award. Dean Kelly, Director of the Alabama State Games stated, “We are extremely excited to see Aubriella receive this prestigious and well- deserved honor.” She was recognized at the NCSG Symposium in Anaheim, CA in November. She competed in the initial Ninja Challenge event in the Alabama State Games and won the gold in the 13 and under category. She then competed at the State Games of America, the national competition of the NCSG held this year in Lynchburg, VA., also earning the gold medal. She is also a competitor on the American Ninja Warrior Junior television show. She is a service-minded individual, who works hard at her sports and at life.
The 2020 Alabama State Games will be held in the Birmingham/Jefferson County area June 19-21, and will feature athletes of all ages and abilities from across Alabama and neighboring states, competing in 31 different sports. (Track and Field and Softball will be held June 13-14). Registration for the 2020 Games will open on March 1. The Opening Ceremony for the Alabama State Games will be Friday night, June 19th, at the Bartow Arena on the campus of the University of Alabama Birmingham, and will be telecast live statewide. For more information go to www.alagames.com.
The Alabama State Games were established in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to develop Olympic-style sports festivals known as State Games. The event is a program of the ASF Foundation, Inc, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The ASF Foundation serves as a statewide mentor organization for teaching our youth the importance of academics, athletics, healthy lifestyles, and good citizenship.