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York County lands youth sporting events

York County is gearing up to host several youth sporting events early this year, including two major events over the next two weeks, according to the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Thousands of athletes will be in town this month for the Martin Luther King Kickoff Classic Volleyball Tournament and the Tyrant Duals wrestling tournament.

The volleyball tournament starts this weekend with hundreds of teams from around the East Coast and Midwest. In York County, York Expo Center’s Utz Arena and Memorial Hall will be used as venues, as well as the Heritage Hills Athletic Club.

The wrestling tournament will run Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 at the expo center. Elementary and middle school teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region will participate in the event.

The two events are expected to attract 7,400 visitors and more than $5 million in economic impact to the county, the bureau said.

The visitors bureau also announced the return of the USA Judo Youth National Championships in March, an event anticipated to bring about $928,000 in economic benefits to York County.

It’s the second time this decade that the county is hosting the event, which will be March 3 and March 4 this year. The county last hosted the event in 2009.

As many as 700 competitors from around the country will compete in the Utz Arena.

“Hosting a national championship event, especially for an organization tied to Team USA, will increase York County’s exposure to people from all over the United States,” said Laura Gurreri, sales director for the York County CVB.

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