FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT LOCAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR PAM GLASCO, 970.769.3126 OR LaserPG@aol.com
DURANGO, Colo. – Durango is set to host the Durango Spring Classic Youth Basketball Tournament April 16-18, 2010, for boys and girls, 5th through 12th grades. Registration deadline is April 9.
Officially sanctioned by Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB), and in association with Durango Youth Basketball Association (DYBA), Durango’s tournament is open to any interested youth basketball player within the age groupings. There is, however, a limit of eight teams per division. Games will be played at Durango High School and Fort Lewis College.
“For the past three years the tournament has been full, with a waiting list,” said Pam Glasco, the Spring Classic’s local director and the tournament’s founder. “Durango is a vibrant basketball town and a fun destination for families. It’s a great local event for our kids and for our tourism-related businesses.”
With the Durango tournament, as with all programs organized by MAYB, teams compete against a varied field, with an emphasis on providing youth as much “court time” as possible. MAYB has been offering summer youth tournaments for 16 years. All winter teams, including those competing in Durango, qualify for the MAYB Summer National Tournament, Aug. 5-8, 2010.
Cost to participate in Durango’s regional basketball tournament – which will be limited to the first 60 teams, 10 players per roster, is $195 per team. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three scheduled games.
The Durango Spring Classic has received a grant from the Durango Business Improvement District (BID) to assist with the tournament’s expenses and thereby help fulfill the BID’s core mission, to enhance business within the district.
“We’ve seen what sporting events such as this do to spur business. The tournament continues to bring a great many people to town,” said John Wells, BID presiding officer. “Our merchants saw a spike in sales and our hotel rooms were full. My suggestion to basketball parents from out of the area is to book your rooms early because the town will fill up.”
In addition to the BID and site hosts Fort Lewis College and Durango High School, Spring Classic sponsors include Bank of Colorado, Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, FastSigns, La Plata Electric Association, New Country Auto Center and Zia Taqueria.
To register teams for the Durango tournament, visit www.MAYB.com or contact Glasco at 970.769.3126. For additional information about Durango and the surrounding area, as well as lodging opportunities, visit www.durango.org.
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