The city of Springfield’s biggest annual group event will be returning to the city after being forced to cancel for 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships have signed a contract extension to bring the event back to Springfield through 2025.
“The local industry is suffering tremendous losses right now,” Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau said in a statement. “I’m glad we have some good news to share.”
The executive director of the Springfield Sports Commission said he was very pleased that the contract has been extended.
“The NCHBC has been a great partner and we are thrilled to announce a three-year extension that will keep the event in Springfield until at least 2025,” Lance Kettering said in a statement. “The event brings in more than $4.5 million in spending annually and is very important to our sports tourism efforts in Springfield. We took the opportunity during the COVID crisis to further our partnership and commitment to host the event in Springfield and we are looking forward to many more years of working together to bring over 350 teams, 3,500 basketball players and 8,000 to 10,000 folks to Springfield annually in March each year.”
Springfield has been the home of the tournament since 2009.