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Holiday B-Ball Tourney's Economic Impact
People cheer for their favorite teams at the annual Waverly Holiday Basketball Tournament, and when the bleachers are filled, that means money is coming into the schools.
"Not only is it benefiting the athletic programs, it's also benefiting the schools, benefiting the kids, and P.E. classes and things like that," Waverly High School Athletic Director Shane Gray said.
Gray sees the importance of having the annual tournaments. He understands how the games can bring the community together.
"It's what we're really known for, and it's fun to run," Gray said. "A lot of people come out. A lot of people volunteer their time and that's a big help in making it successful."
Riverton's girls basketball team also holds a tournament.
"The success of the tournament impacts not only our students, our school," Riverton High School Athletic Director Jeff Kogar said. "It puts our community on the map."
Besides supplying athletic entertainment, the holiday basketball games allows for clubs and and organization to raise money for the students as well.
"Last year we probably raised over $10,000. We put back in to different programs here at the school. Like I said, it's very important with the economic difficulties with the schools now to be able to do that for the kids," Waverly Booster President Nancy Heriford said.