By Richard Deaver, Jr. & Sean G 8:40pm, January 7, 2013 - Updated 10:52pm, January 7, 2013Sussex County will now get to crown two softball World Series champions as Little League Baseball announced that the Big League division will join Senior League in Roxana this August.
Lower Sussex Little League has been hosting the Senior League World Series (Ages 13-16) for the past 10 years. The Big League tournament recently wrapped up a 32-year run in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Governor Markell's Senior Cabinet Economic Advisor Alan Levin says having both tournaments running at the same time could be a major boost to the Sussex County economy.
"At this time with 7,000 additional kids coming into the county, it amounts to about an approximately $2.5 million in economic impact to the area. That's through hotel rooms, restaurants, and shopping in stores."
The event's biggest sponsor is the Carl Freeman Foundation who reportedly gave nearly half a million dollars to bring the event here. Patti Grimes, Executive Director of the Freeman Foundation says that this a way to continue the legacy of Freeman.
Markell added, "The great thing is this was an effort taken on by local people. That's what we do best in Delaware. So it's exciting statewide, but it's especially exciting here in Sussex County. I think having two of the nine Little League International World Series is a big deal, and now we get to show off what we can do."
Delaware's Sussex County district will receive an automatic entry into both tournaments in exchange for hosting the events.
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