The American Athletic Union (AAU) is the largest, volunteer multi-sport organization in the United States. The vision statement of the AAU is:
To offer amateur athletes and volunteers opportunities to develop to their highest level through a national and local network of sporting events. Through participation in AAU, we achieve our dreams as athletes and as valued citizens of our communities.
For Canadian basketball players, participation in AAU tournaments offers the chance to play U.S. teams at various levels, including regional and college showcases, state and national tournaments. At the highest levels, AAU can present opportunities for players to be seen by U.S. college coaches. Most college and professional players have played in the AAU, including those players from Canada.
By participating in AAU (and some NCAA sanctioned) tournaments, Mill Rats Elite players see some really good ball. If you want to be the best, you have to play the best.