The Chicagoland Summer Showcase, a boys basketball tournament featuring top talent across several states, brought in nearly $650,000 in economic activity to the region. That figure, measured by hotel stays, food and gas purchases by visitors from Illinois and eight other states, was compiled by the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event also brought in $12,588 to support Rockford Public Schools athletics in the 2019-20 school year. Nearly 140 teams participated in the event, held June 21-23 and June 28-30.
"We have been asked to host both weekends again in 2020 as well as serve on two planning committees – one regional – one national – to assist the IHSA and NFHS on improving aspects of the NCAA live periods. These relationships provide multidimensional opportunities for our student athletes, basketball programs, and for Rockford as a whole," said Mat Parker, Rockford Public Schools Director of Athletics, Activities & Program Development.
"We were thrilled to support RPS 205 Athletics as host of the 2019 Chicagoland Summer Showcases. Over the two-weekend stretch, the events drew more than 130 teams and well over $600,000 in economic impact — a strong result for a first-year basketball event. We're excited to leverage the success of this year's program for further future growth of sports event opportunities throughout the Rockford area," said Nick Povalitis, Director of Sports Development for the RACVB.
The Rockford Sports Coalition called the events "the deepest and most talented collection of high school basketball teams in northern Illinois history." The event featured high school boys basketball teams and was sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations and NCAA. Events were played at Rock Valley College, Guilford and Auburn high schools.
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