The Martin Luther King Kickoff Classic Volleyball Tournament returns to York County this weekend.
It's expected to bring thousands of athletes and spectators to the area for an event that’s anticipated to serve up more than $6 million in economic benefits for the community, according to the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Hundreds of teams featuring high school-aged athletes from the East Coast and Midwest will compete Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with venues spread across Lancaster and York counties. Teams will also hail from Puerto Rico and Canada.
This is the fourth straight year York County has served as one of the host locations for the tournament. The MLK Kickoff Classic started in Philadelphia in 1995, later moved to Lancaster County and expanded to include play in York in 2014.
The tournament will use the York Expo Center’s Utz Arena and Memorial Hall, as well as the Heritage Hills Athletic Club.
“Since expanding to York in 2014, the MLK Kickoff Classic has more than doubled its economic impact for our community, proving again that sports tourism is big business here,” said Laura Gurreri, sales director for the YCCVB. “This is a phenomenal way to start 2017, which promises to be another standout year for the Sport York program.”
The Sport York program is designed to recruit events and generate economic impact in York County.