The Rockford region will host the 2016 IMG7v7 Midwest Regional football tournament tomorrow and Sunday at MercyRockford Sportscore 2 in Loves Park. The tournament will include 35 teams from six states and two teams from Manitoba, Canada competing in 7v7 football. There is a Club Division for high school students under age 19 and a Future Stars Division for students under the age of 15. One team, Heroh Grey, has five local Jefferson High School student players. The top four Club Division teams and the top Future Star Division team will qualify for a spot to compete at the National Championship in Bradenton, Florida.
This tournament is expected to draw more than 800 visitors to the area including players, coaches and fans. An estimated 250 hotel room nights will be booked and visitors are estimated to spend $45,000.
“Without a doubt, the sport of 7v7 football is continuously evolving and gaining interest nationwide. It is the responsibility of NFA7v7 to ensure that all parties including players, coaches, parents, media, and high school associations understand the tremendous value that comes with participating in the sport of 7v7 and specifically in an NFA7v7 sanctioned qualifying event,” said Cory Wightman, event coordinator from IMG Academy. “Ultimately, our focus is to provide these young talents with opportunities in the off-season to develop their craft, face top-notch competition, compete at first-class facilities, gain exposure through media presence, and contend for a national championship. In the 2016 season, we’ve added the IMG7v7 Midwest Regional in Rockford to our portfolio of event opportunities, and MercyRockford Sportscore 2 provides a venue that aligns with our goals.”
“Our sales team continues to establish partnerships with key connections in the sports tournament industry,” said Nick Povalitis, RACVB sports destination & sales manager. “Bringing IMG7v7 to the Rockford region for the first time is a direct result of our hard work and collaborative efforts with various organizations. We look forward to growing this partnership with NFA7v7.”
The public is welcome to attend the tournament. A schedule for the tournament with times can be found online at nfa7v7.com/nationalchampionship.