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Big weekend in weekend for sports

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The events planned for this weekend - including the Toys for Tots Softball Tournament and the Annual Touchstone Energy Cooperative North South game being held at Doug Shaw stadium - will have a direct economic impact of roughly $655,000. 

According to City Spokesperson Mark Kruea, sports tourism is one of those hidden gems for Myrtle Beach, especially in the off season. He's says although not as much as the summer, the city does get visitors throughout the year...to shop, enjoy the beach, and of course come to the sporting events. This weekend is going to be a big one and Kruea said you can expect it to look like tourist season.

"The hotels will be busy, they'll have people staying in them overnight,” said Kruea. “The restaurants will be a little bit busier. The attractions here will have some winter business thanks to the events both at Grand Park and Doug Shaw."

The Toys for Tots tournament is going to bring in 20 WFC Fast-pitch softball teams to Myrtle Beach and city leaders say this event along with others throughout the year help to bring in about $150 million to the city.

The Touchstone Energy Cooperative North South game may just be fun for some, but for Jamariqoui Barr, it's much more.

"I never thought I would make it here myself,” said Jamariqoui Barr, a player for C.E Murray High School. “When they told me I made the north south bowl, I was happy about it."

Two years ago Barr had never touched a field, now he's sharing it with the best high schoolers in the state. He also has coaches traveling to see him play. He says this is important to him and his family, and to get this far he has worked hard every day.
"Working hard every day, lifting weights every day,” said Barr. “It wasn't a lot of rest, so I had to get up and grind every day. Just do it. I deserve to be in the shrine bowl as an individual but it's a team game and we have to come together as a team, to be the other team."

The annual Touchstone Energy Cooperative North South game will be held on Saturday, December 12, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, located on 33rd Avenue North. The squads will be in the City of Myrtle Beach practicing, team-building and enjoying many of the restaurants and attractions all week long.

On December 12 and 13, WFC girls' fastpitch softball returns for the Toys for Tots Tournament at the Grand Park Athletic Complex, located in the Market Common area.

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