More than 4,000 youth soccer players to compete at 22nd KickBack Jack’s Seaside Classic

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More than 4,000 youth soccer players from three different states will converge on the Wilmington area May 16-17 for the 22nd Annual KickBack Jack’s Seaside Soccer Classic.

Hosted by the Wilmington Hammerheads FC and the Cape Fear Soccer Association, the tournament is open to all club teams that regularly participate in challenge and classic league play. According to Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC Tournament Director Dani Pittman, this year’s tournament will host 303 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The 22nd Annual KickBack Jack's Seaside Soccer Classic is set for May 16-17. Photo courtesy Seaside Soccer Classic
The 22nd Annual KickBack Jack’s Seaside Soccer Classic is set for May 16-17. Photo courtesy Seaside Soccer Classic.

During the two-day tournament, the majority of the participants and their families will stay at a variety of hotels and shop, dine and play in local establishments.

“Based on participant numbers provided by event organizers, the 2015 Seaside Soccer Classic will generate approximately $2.47 million in direct visitor spending in New Hanover County,” said Kim Hufham, President and CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority. “Using a conservative 2.5 multiplier, the total economic impact of this tournament will be approximately $6.17 million.”

Each team consists of an average of 14 players. All but 37 local teams will travel from out of town.

“The staff of the Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC is extremely excited about the recent growth of the 22nd Annual KickBack Jack’s Seaside Classic tournament,” said Pittman. “We are looking forward to hosting another great tournament and could not have done it without the support of New Hanover County Parks and Rec and the City of Wilmington, and the use of their facilities. We would also like to thank the hotels in our area of accommodating the parents and players who continue to come back each year, thanks to our beautiful area.”

Games will be played at 10 different locations in Wilmington. Boys and girls 10-18 years of age will be competing at the event. Click here for more information on this weekend’s 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic.