Hundreds of fast-pitch softball players will get their shot in front of dozens of college coaches at the annual FireStix College Exposure Tournament on July 10-12 in Grand Blanc.
“Our tournament has grown to 98 teams this year, and players come from all over the state of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana,” said tournament organizer Kevin Babcock, who added that 42 college coaches were in attendance for last year’s tournament.
The FireStix Tournament – which is broken into the age divisions of 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under – will take place on 17 Grand Blanc-area ball fields, including Creasey Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc Township, and the Union City Fields on Torrey Road in Flint.
The FireStix Tournament has grown so much in popularity that the 2015 tournament sold out back in December 2014. The tournament accounts for about 850 hotel room nights and provides a shot in the arm for the local economy.
“Sports tourism is huge for Genesee County, and the FireStix Tournament has grown to become our biggest event in terms of overnight stays,” said Cheryl DeFrain, Director of the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau. “That economic impact also benefits our restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations and more.”
The tournament is open to the public. For more information, visit http://mid-michiganfirestix.com, contact Babcock at [email protected] or (810) 523-7511, or contact the CVB’s Mona Murphy at [email protected] or (810) 348-9208
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