Buchanan’s Space Coast Sports Boosts Brevard Economy

By  //  July 13, 2013

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Event Includes 2,000 players, coaches and fans

ABOVE VIDEO:  The Florida Storm Softball Club Showcase, held over four days at the Chain Of Lakes Park in Titusville, is part of a 14 -day sports extravaganza on the Space Coast, where Rusty Buchanan’s Space Coast Sports, is generating economic impact in excess of over $5 million for Brevard County. The showcase featured 64 girls fast pitch softball teams from all across the State of Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — More than 2,000 softball players, coaches, fans and supporters descended on the Chain Of Lakes Park in Titusville this weekend for Florida’s premier youth softball showcase. 

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The Florida Storm Softball Club Showcase generated an economic impact in excess of $5 million for Brevard County. (Image For SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Sponsored by the Florida Storm Softball Club from Jacksonville, the showcase featured 64 girls fast pitch softball teams, from all across the State of Florida. The teams came to Titusville to compete in the showcase event, where players were showcased for over 60 college coaches for possible softball scholarships.

Organized by Rusty Buchanan’s Space Coast Sports Promotions, the four-day softball showcase filled hotel rooms from Melbourne to Titusville, creating an estimated economic impact of over $2 million for Brevard County.

Rusty Buchanan has a plethora of experience in youth sports and as Vice President of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), he has been involved in many facets of the AAU for over 25 years.

Rusty Buchanan has extnesive experience in youth sports, and as Vice President of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), he has been involved in many facets of the AAU for over 25 years. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

“The Florida Storm does a great job with this event and we are very pleased to host the tournament here in Brevard,” said Rusty Buchanan, President of Space Coast Sports Promotions.

“We are very fortunate to have such great sports facilities here in Brevard and they are a great asset to enable us to host events like this showcase. In the world of fastpitch softball, this is a very nice facility.”

The softball showcase is part of a 14 -day sports extravaganza on the Space Coast, where Buchanan’s company is generating economic impact in excess of $5 million for Brevard County.

“This is a great location and the teams love the Space Coast,” said tournament co- director, Jerry Shepherd.

FIRST CLASS SPORTS VENUES

Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville has seven first-class softball fields which make it an ideal location for showcase tournaments of this kind.

“These are some of the best youth softball players in the state and this is a great showcase for them to be seen by college coaches,” said Rafael Silva, co-tournamenrt director.

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College coaches like Bill Wilson from Thomas University in Georgia stayed in Brevard for several nights, watching the talented fast pitch softball players from all over florida at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. (Space Coast Daily image)

The North Brevard Youth softball League also benefited from the tournament at Chain Of Lakes Park, as the club’s volunteers sold concessions, raising important funds for their youth programs in North Brevard.

College coaches from all across America also visited the Chain Of Lakes Park to scout for talent in the showcase.

“This is a very good showcase and there are some great players here,” said Bill Wilson, head softball coach at Thomas University.

Overall, the event was a great success, despite some rain delays and Brevard got another much needed financial boost from youth sports generated by Buchanan’s Space Coast Sports Promotions.

The event was a great success despite some rain delays and Brevard got another much needed financial boost from youth sports generated by Buchanan’s Space Coast Sports Promotions.

When the softball showcase ends on July 13 another Buchanan-sponsored event starts, as over 5,000 youth basketball players arrive in Brevard for the AAU National Basketball Championships, July 14-21. That event will be held in high school, city, county and college gymnasiums all across Brevard County.

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