FORT WORTH WELCOMES RETURN OF NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION’S REGION V BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

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Tournament Expected to Generate Approximately $500,000 Economic Impact for City


   FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth Cats, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau are hosting, for the second-consecutive year, the Region V Baseball Tournament May 16-20 in Fort Worth. The tournament is expected to generate approximately $500,000 in economic impact for the city.

   "We have seen continued growth in the sports market, and the return of the Region V Tournament reinforces that Fort Worth provides an outstanding experience that is unsurpassed," said David DuBois, CMP, CAE, CTA, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Our sporting venues along with superior hotel offerings, attractions and restaurants provide a variety of entertainment options for visiting teams, families, and spectators."

   Showcasing some of the most talented athletes from across the nation that are playing collegiate baseball in Texas and New Mexico, the eight-team, double elimination tournament is the stepping stone to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Howard College, last year's winner of the Region V Baseball Tournament, advanced and won the NJCAA National Baseball Championship.

   One new feature of this year's tournament is the live streaming of all the tournament action by Panhandle Sports Broadcasting at www.psblive.com. The live video stream gives the NJCAA a great opportunity to showcase its baseball talent as well as the City of Fort Worth and LaGrave Field, site of all of tournament games.

   The first game is scheduled for Sunday, May 16 at 10 a.m. with three games following that afternoon. Four games will be played on Monday and Tuesday each, with two games on Wednesday. If necessary, Thursday's game will be played at 1 p.m.

   Hometown fans will want to root for the Weatherford College Coyotes as they face their first-round opponent, Howard College, defending NJCAA National Baseball Champion. For more information about the Region V Baseball Tournament, go to www.njcaaregion5.com.

About the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of the 17th-largest city in the United States. The organization is dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination, with thriving centers of culture and commerce. For more information, visit www.fortworth.com.

About the Fort Worth Cats
The Fort Worth Cats, a minor league team that's been playing baseball since 1888, are in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball League playing their games at La Grave Field. Fans have the opportunity to watch baseball at the same historic place where former Cats such as Bobby Bragan, Duke Snider, Maury Wills, Sparky Anderson, Carl Erskine, Rogers Hornsby and other Hall of Famers like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams and Stan Musial played and ran the bases. For more information, visit www.fwcats.com.

About the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V
The National Junior College Athletic Association represents 48 National Championships, 525 Colleges, 3,588 Athletic Teams and 54,364 Student Athletes. The purpose of the NJCAA is to promote and foster junior college athletics on Conference, Region and District as well as the National level so that results will be consistent with the total educational program of its members. Region V of the NJCAA is a powerhouse with in the NJCAA that produces many of the top teams in the nation in a variety of sports. For more information, visit www.njcaa.org and www.njcaaregion5.com

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