ACADEMIC GAMES LEAGUES OF AMERICA                         2013

Expanded Minds and Hearts

Over 1,100 Academic Games players, coaches, and parents visited the Executive Park area in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 26–29, 2013, to challenge each other at the Academic Games National Tournament.  Traditional teams zoomed in from Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, and Florida to enjoy a fun-filled, challenging four-day experience. Several new Michigan Districts joined the AGLOA Tournament, including Detroit. It was the first time in 22 years that the traditional AGLOA districts and the Detroit players had competed at the same National Tournament. The reunion was long-anticipated and joyous. Everyone faced extreme competition from one another and also enjoyed many life-changing experiences. Many former players and a few former coaches made the weekend a special reunion.

Competition was held in the traditional four Divisions: Elementary (grades 6 and below), Middle (8 and below), Junior (10 and below), and Senior (12 and below). Six different tournaments were con­ducted in each Division: EQUATIONS and ON-SETS in mathematics; LINGUISHTIK and PROPAGANDA in Language Arts; WORLD EVENTS and PRESIDENTS in Social Studies. WFF’N PROOF was played at an AGLOA Tournament for the first time in two decades. Most players focused on their own areas of expertise. A few adventurous players and teams attempted to play all seven games. Sweepstakes players stayed together as a team for at least four of the games.

The Academic Games matches stretched the minds and hearts of the players. All learned new mathematical strategies, were enlightened by techniques of propaganda, created sentences with expanded vocabulary, became more knowledgeable about the history surrounding our national leaders, or displayed a thorough knowledge of current events or the Supreme Court of the United States. Every player learned how to deal with the emotions of victory and defeat. Each became a better person.

Quality of play continued at the highest level. Incredibly, at the 47th renewal of the annual National Tournament, new strategies were deployed, and new knowledge was discovered. The 2013 Academic Games National Tournament crowned champions and honored players, coaches, and teams. More importantly, the event promoted character, integrity, and excellence. Academic Games inspired a new generation of players.

2014 National Tournament
Knoxville TN April 25-28

The 2014 Academic Games National Tournament will be held April 25–28, in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the Knoxville Convention Center. Players, coaches, and parents will arrive on Friday, April 25 for final Registration and the Opening Ceremonies. Competition will take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, culminating at the Awards Ceremonies on Monday evening.

There will be three Tournament hotels in the downtown area near the Convention Center – Holiday Inn, Hilton, and Crown Plaza. Each hotel provides only a short, safe walk to the Convention Center. A full slate of academic games will be contested in all four Divisions.

The Tournament Committee is currently negotiating for a fun evening at the Market Square for a relaxing and enjoyable respite from the games competition. More information will be forthcoming in early 2014.

2015 Tournament - A 50th Anniversary Celebration

At the Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida, Academic Games Leagues of America (AGLOA) will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Academic Games National Tournament.

In addition to the traditional set of competitive matches in four different Divisions, a series of special events will be held. Concerted efforts are under way to connect with as many Academic Games alumni as possible, encouraging them to tell their Academic Games stories and to relate how Academic Games

Senior Sweepstakes Champions
Senior Sweepstakes Champions
Mustard on the Beat, Jefferson Parish LA

Junior Sweepstakes Champions
Sweepstakes Champions
Bob Lee's Succulent Yams, Ann Arbor MI

Middle Sweepstakes Champions
Middle Sweepstakes Champions
Fallen Star Fruit, Ann Arbor MI

Elementary Sweepstakes Champions
Elementary Sweepstakes Champions
4 Acceptable and 1 Dubious, Utica MI

has affected their lives. Former players span the decades of the 1960’s through the 2010’s. Many of them still have vivid, positive memories of Academic Games.

The history of Academic Games will be captured in written, photographic, and videographic formats.

There are so many cool stories to tell that all will be amazed. You will not want to miss the 50th. All alumni are invited to make some time to visit the 50th in 2015.