AAU Basketball Championships arrive in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- This Holiday weekend will be a big one in Knoxville for hundreds of basketball enthusiasts!

Teams from 17 states are competing across both divisions of this AAU 7th grade National Championship. The event kicked off Wednesday morning in downtown Knoxville and the keynote speaker was new Lady Vols head coach Kellie Harper, who says AAU ball is something near and dear to her heart, " The AAU tournament is a special tournament for me because it's how I grew up it's the tournament that I was involved with for 8 years it's a special tournament you know just seeing these young kids playing in Knoxville I wanted to have an opportunity to say hello to them."

The event continues through Sunday the Conventions center in downtown Knoxville. Check out the action if you get the chance.