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Basketball tournament to make large economic impact on Fayetteville region

By Staff Report, posted Oct 22, 2021 on

Another large sporting event is coming to the Fayetteville area with the help of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

American Athletic Union Veterans Day Classic basketball tournament will be held November 13-14 at Freedom Courts Complex. American Athletic Union is  one of the largest volunteer sports organizations in the country.  

Up to 40 boys and girls from across North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Georgia in second to eighth grade will compete. 

The tournament is presented by All or Nothing Performance. 

“With players, coaches, family, and friends attending this tournament, the expected attendance is 1,500 people,” says Amy Karpinski, director of sports marketing at the FACVB.  “The estimated economic impact from overnight visitors to the community is $27,500.”  

“We picked Fayetteville for this tournament for several reasons,” says Rob Ramsay, executive director of All or Nothing Performance. “The community support, a large veteran presence including organizations that support veterans, and the quality of the facilities in Fayetteville make it a perfect location.

The event will honor veterans, and veteran organizations at the tournament will show participants and attendees ways they can support and honor those who have served.. “As a veteran, I understand the sacrifices firsthand,” Ramsay said. “ I want to teach athletes to appreciate those who have served and help them understand they can play the sports they love because of the sacrifices of brave men and women.”

The colors will be presented and veterans will be honored each day of the event at 8:30 a.m. with the games beginning at 9 a.m. Spectators are welcome; adult weekend passes are $30 and student weekend passes are $20.

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