An item in Wednesday’s Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union noted that the Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation, and Visitors Commission had approved the request of Chad Briscoe, director of athletics at Grace College, for a grant to promote the March 2021 NCCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story.
Visitors Commission Reorganizes, Reviews Grant Requests
The Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission members started the first meeting of the year Wednesday with election of 2021 officers. … Chad Briscoe’s request for $5,000 to promote the mid-March NCCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships at Grace College was approved 4-1.
Briscoe, GC’s director of athletics, said 16 teams will participate in the tournament. Attendance in the gymnasium will be limited to 200 people, with each athlete offered a limit of two tickets each.
Last year the event was cancelled right before it started because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Paczkowski’s opinion was the tournament could be cancelled again. She also pointed out attendance would be limited to family members, who were already attending.
Ray, who manages the Hampton Inn, said the tournament is a boon to the local hotels with half of the Hampton Inn scheduled for occupancy, along with other hotels in the area.
Briscoe said unlike other tournaments, the teams continue to play and would be here five days.
Skibowski said regardless of who is coming, the people spend money at the gas stations, restaurants, businesses and grocery stores, too.
Kratzer, Ray, Skibowski and David Gustafson voted to approve the funding request, with Paczkowski voting nay.
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