XO-LP // Laura Palmer


Love Letters to a New Year.

2014 AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines

Dear 31,

14,000 athletes aged 3 to 22 will take over Des Moines (my city!) from July 22nd to August 2nd. 

These young people have worked hard to compete in sporting events ranging from Kung Fu to Powerlifting. When the Convention and Visitors Bureau, my favorite folks promoting Des Moines, came to me asking if I'd be willing to work with them to do a poster, I [trampoline] jumped at the chance! 

JO Games 2014_poster.jpg

Back in 1995 Des Moines hosted these games with just over 8,000 athletes. This year, the 48th annual event, will feature over 14,000 athletes competing in 20 sports happening all over our city. Kids will be sport stacking and bowling. In the poster, shown above, we incorporated representations from all sports (inspired by the Highlights magazines I read in Dr. Kanellis' office back in Muskie town.)

So many ways to support these athletes as a spectator or volunteer! You can purchase an event passport to see all the events for $40. Cheer on the Field Hockey teams, support the javelin throwers or keep your World Cup dreams alive with the soccer matches-- all for only $40.

Want to volunteer and help my friends at the CVB put on this awesome week long event? (I know I do-- I registered for the hospitality room!)

Join me and many others by volunteering! 

Another great event in my favorite city... and a drawing I worked on will be in front of 14,000 people. Big week for me and for Des Moines. What are you waiting for? Catch the Spirit!