|Published:||Jul 08, 2012 12:06 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 08, 2012 12:06 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Perfect Game Baseball Tournament is going on right now in Fort Myers, bringing in big bucks for the community.
Fort Myers has hosted the summer series for the past seven years, bringing hundreds of parents, players and coaches to Southwest Florida.
There are 60 teams competing in the 15 and under division alone. They are from across the country, but mostly the Southeast.
Matt Olson is a pitcher for a team from Marietta, Georgia.
He enjoys traveling to Florida for the tournament every year. "It's just fun to be here and play against some of the best teams around the country," he says.
While in town, the players also get to enjoy everything Southwest Florida has to offer, and that means a home run for the local economy.
Jesse Lavender with Lee County Parks and Rec says, "they're bringing 100 teams each week to the economy here during times like July, August, and even September when our tourism market isn't at its peak. It brings a lot of hotel nights, visits to the restaurants and stores and boosts our local economy."
He says it also helps keep the ballparks in good running condition. "We don't like to have them sit empty. It's a field, it's supposed to be used, have people run around on it, not let the grass grow," he says.
The county works hard to keep the tournament here in Southwest Florida, and hopes to hang on to it for years to come.
It is a good opportunity for the kids to be seen by scouts and college coaches as well.
The 15 and under and 13 and under tournaments are going on now and will wrap up on Friday, but other age groups will continue play for a few weeks after that.
Games are held at Terry Park, the Lee County Sports Complex, City of Palms Park, the Jet Blue complex and 5-plex.
For schedule information, visit www.perfectgame.org.
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