Game-changer: Travel teams add up to big business

Every weekend, dozens of local families pile into the car and drive to Ohio, Michigan or Kentucky, where their children will compete in volleyball or basketball tournaments.

They spend their days in a gymnasium, cheering on sons and daughters. They spend their nights in hotels near that facility. And they spend their money on meals at local restaurants. Some families spend as much as $700 in a weekend, and one team of 10 players, their families and coaches will spend anywhere from $2,280 to $3,000 for a two-night stay at a hotel.

Greenwood and its hotels, shopping centers and restaurants soon could earn a little piece of that spending.

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