More visitors are expected for this summer's Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games, and the City is ready to start signing up hundreds of volunteers.
Preparations are underway for the four-day games that come on the last week of July. Last year's event, which is sponsored by Kiii-TV, drew 8,000 participants to the city.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated that last year's participants and their families and friends spent some $7 million at local businesses and hotels, and this year's event is just around the corner.
The 12 events featured in the Games of Texas will be held around the city at different facilities, including several Corpus Christi Independent School District gymnasiums and facilities, as well as Cabaniss Field and the Natatorium.
City officials said all the indications are good for a big turnout.
"All the response that we got from the participants and their parents, and all the fans and the folks from TAAF, were fantastic. They're excited about coming back this year," said Stacie Talbert, with the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department. "I think there's going to be families that come down a little bit earlier to enjoy all our visitor attractions, and they were really impressed with the facilities we have here. You know, kudos to CCISD for the quality of sports facilities that they have and they keep up for the community."
Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the event, and training will be held in the weeks just before the games begin. If you would like to volunteer, you can call 361-826-3460 and sign up.
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