2007 National Softball Association

At a scheduled press conference at the Indiana Welcome Center, that South Shore Sports Promotions, a department of the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the 2007 National Softball Association (NSA) Girls Fast Pitch “B” North World Series in the greater Northwest Indiana region.

More than 225 teams from throughout the Midwest are expected to play from July 21st – 27th in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. The Girl’s “B” World Series include 6 divisions including ages 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, and 16 and under.

The final venue list has not been confirmed tentative agreements have been made with Hidden Lake in Merrillville, Imagination Glen in Portage, Patriot Park in Michigan City and Sportsplex in Crown Point. The final list of venues will be announced at a later date.

During the press conference Hugh Cantrell, President/CEO of NSA announced in a video that Northwest Indiana was the selected region for the Girls “B” World Series. Bill Horton, NSA North/Central Zone V.P. was also featured in the video. Horton emphasized that Northwest Indiana region is the NSA’s strongest place for fast pitch softball and how pleased he was to work with South Shore Sports Promotions, “With the South Shore Sports Promotions and Jason [Sands] anything I have needed has been at my fingertips.”

With more than 225 teams expected, hotels will be utilized as far north as New Buffalo, Michigan; as far east as South Bend, Indiana; and as far west as Chicago Southland. “Tourism knows no state boundaries, so it’s always exciting when an event of this magnitude comes to the region,” said Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Vice President Sally Schlesinger. “Both organizations [Lake County CVB and Chicago Southland CVB] consistently work to provide the best, most convenient lodging options for the athletes, coaches, officials and spectators attending this event. By working together toward the common goal of providing exceptional service to visitors, we can make our region a top venue for sporting events.”

The economic impact of this event will be approximately $3.5 million. Jason Sands, Director of Sports Development for South Shore Sports Promotions stated, “The greater Northwest Indiana region is an ideal location for this type of event. We can provide the exceptional service and venues that the NSA expects. This event will put Northwest Indiana ‘on the map’ when it comes to hosting large sporting events.”

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