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York County will welcome thousands of young athletes this January when the Martin Luther King Kickoff Classic Volleyball Tournament and the Tyrant Duals wrestling tournament each return for another year.

The two sporting events will bring a combined 7,400 visitors and more than $5 million in economic benefits to York County, according to estimates from the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Hosting youth sports offers the greatest return on investment, considering the compounding economic potential for our community,” said Laura Gurreri, sales director for the YCCVB in a news release. “Youth athletes have the greatest opportunities to return as visitors, students and residents, ensuring York County’s vitality for years to come.”

The action starts this weekend when hundreds of teams from around the East Coast and Midwest compete in the Martin Luther King Classic on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan 13-15. More than 5,500 total visitors are expected, according to the YCCVB.

Venues are spread across Lancaster and York counties. It is the fifth year the event has been held in the region. Locally, the tournament will use the York Expo Center’s Utz Arena and Memorial Hall, as well as the Heritage Hills Athletic Club. For more information about the event, visit www.str8dnsports.com.

The following weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Jan 20-21, the Tyrant Duals will return to York County for the third straight year. Elementary and middle school teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region will participate in the event, held at the York Expo Center. Almost 1,900 total visitors are expected.

For more information about the Tyrant Duals, visit www.tyrantwrestling.com.

According to the YCCVB, the two events were brought to the region through the efforts of the organization's Sport York program, which is designed to recruit events and generate economic impact in York County. For further information about Sport York, visit www.yorkpa.org/sports.

Information for this story was provided by the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

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