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Are you ready for some football?

David Rocha Photo One of the particapants goes for the ball in last year’s Hike It and Spike It.

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It is that time of year again football fans. Can you hear Carrie Underwood and Hank Williams Jr. getting their vocal ready to sing, are you ready for some football? It’s not quite that time yet, but it is time for one of Roswell’s favorite charity’s. The 23rd Annual Hike and Spike It 4-on-4 Charity Flag Football tournament is in days away. The tournament has grown to capacity with 585 teams (4,107 players) in 42 divisions playing on 42 fields.

The three-day festival of family-oriented football fun will once again take place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area, 1612 W. College Blvd.

Rookies as young as five years old and veterans 35-plus will compete on the 40 fields for the opportunity to take home the first-place Hike It and Spike It footballs. Second-and-third-place finishers take home a plaque.

In the “Show Me the Money” division, (each team has seven players) the first 20 teams to sign will compete for $6,000- $3,000 to the winner, $2,000 for second and a $1,000 to third place. Over 30 &35 teams (two divisions) and Co-Ed teams (five divisions) with eight players allowed.

Trophy footballs will also be awarded to the teams selected as the Character Counts! winners for displaying good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. A Best Dressed Team for youth and adult divisions will also be named.

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Hike It and Spike It is more than winning the flag football tournament, it’s about supporting the United Way of Chaves County and it makes charitable donations to various organizations, youth programs, and academic /athletic school clubs.

The economic impact of this three -day event cannot be measured in what this event means to the community and Roswell. More than 4,107 players participated last year, and by estimating that each player had one friend or family member spectating and 64 percent of the teams were coming from out of town, that’s more than 5,000 visitors in Roswell for the three-day weekend.

Hike It and Spike It estimates those 5,339 out-of-towners spent more than $683,404.80 per day that they were in Roswell. Local police estimate a total crowd size of 46,500 in 2017. The tournaments financial impact is around $4 million dollars and a total indirect economic impact is: $15,045,885.72

While the economics are needed the organizer of the event are more concerned with teams pursuing victory with honor and adhere to the six cornerstones of Character Counts!– trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

For rules, regulations and more information about the 23rd annual Hike and Spiker It 4-on-4 Charity Flag Football Tournament, visit roswellgridiron.com.


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