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The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Springfield will be the new host city for a faith-based basketball tournament set to begin in March. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.
The National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships will be held in Springfield for the next three years.
Three-hundred basketball teams -both boys and girls teams- from across the United States will compete in the six day tournament.
Along side the tournament, there will be an All-star game, slam dunk contest and a three-point competition.
Tracy Kimberlin, president of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, says every hotel room in Springfield will be full during the tournament.
"There's going to be more than 300 teams here for the tournament that equates to approximately 3,000 players, about 600 coaches and then thousands of parent and fans that will also watch the kids in all different kinds of age groups compete for the national championship," Kimberlin said.
Participating teams will use 25 gyms in Springfield to practice and play the tournament games.
Tim Flatt is the Executive Director of the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships.
He says he's glad the group found a city willing to host the tournament and accommodate the players and their families.
"We've signed a three year agreement to be here. We would like to be here forever. We don't really want to move. We're excited about being here. We're excited about who we are working with and we just think this is going to be a great long-term relationship with Springfield," Flatt said.
The National Christian Homeschool Basketball Tournament will be in March and admission will be free.
For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.