Reason number one is the youth of Trigg County. Our boys and girls teams are working together with Kentucky Machine and Engineering to put this tournament on. Our Trigg County youth will actually get to spend the days before Christmas with their families in Trigg County since the tournament is in Cadiz. They will get to sleep in their own beds, eat at their own tables and most importantly look up in the stands and see their parents. Many times parents are unable to attend Christmas tournaments due to work schedules and commitments. Parents have go to love being able to see their children play without traveling three hours away.
Another cool aspect of the tournament is the involvement of our senior citizens. Many of Trigg County’s finest seniors will serve as team host and meet and greet the teams upon their arrival. These fine folks will also be available to answer any questions the visiting teams may have.
The third reason for hosting a tournament would be none other than our wonderful and loyal Trigg County fans. Folks with names like Burton, Donna, Randy, Lacy Ray, Jerry, Chappell, Dennis, LaDonna, Shelia, Mary Ann, Clayton, Monte, George, Lynus, Fred and many others can attend without the sacrifice and expense of traveling. I don’t think the last names of the previously mentioned people are necessary in a small town.
How about entertainment for a fourth reason for hosting a tournament?
In a town without a skating rink, bowling alley or movie theater, a basketball tournament is the best show in town. As a matter of fact it is the only show in town!
Inexpensive and huge is the fifth great thing going for our tournament. An adult can purchase a pass for $20 that will allow them to attend any and all of the 28 games. That is right, you heard correctly. There will be eight girls’ teams and eight boys’ teams in the tournament. As I said there will be a total of 28 games. Even though I am not a mathematician, I can quickly figure out that if you purchase a pass you can attend each game for around 71 cents. That is an old fashioned bargain. A student pass is only $12. Are you kidding me?
Reason number six is financial. For years Trigg County’s basketball teams have traveled near and far to play in Christmas tournaments. Louisville, Lexington, Gatlinburg, Cave City, Paducah, Pikeville, Calhoun, Marion, Illinois and even Zepher Hills Florida are among the destinations that have warmly welcomed out teams. They have also welcomed our money as well. It often cost a great deal for our school to play in these tournaments. Entry fees, motel rooms, meals, and travel expense add up to a lot of dollars going out of our county. This often puts a burden on individuals and athletic departments. In this case everything works in reverse and to our favor. The money is coming in to our community instead of going out. Visitors will be staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants and maybe even buying an antique or two. I am also not an economist by any means, but I know this is a good thing Cadiz and Trigg County.
Perhaps the greatest reason for hosting this tournament is the opportunity to showcase Trigg County. Many people will be in Trigg County to attend the tournament. Players, coaches, cheerleaders, administrators, referees, media and fans will all descend upon our county from various cities in the Bluegrass. One can never underestimate the long-range value of putting our best foot forward to so many visitors. For example, just this year a wonderful family has chosen Trigg County as their home and their son is on my basketball team. That family is Rick and Barbi Mitchell and sons Blake, Jake and Nate. Why did they move here from Florida? Answer, because the father of the family was buying a couple of businesses in Western Kentucky. This family had lived in Christian County for a year before moving to Florida. During their year in Kentucky they were extremely impressed by our county, so when they moved back to this area, they chose us. Take my word for it, they are good people and it is our gain!
In closing, I have spoken to our fantastic Cadiz Rotary Club many times over the years. I really like the Rotary 4 way test that they ask themselves and I think it is extremely applicable to Trigg County hosting this event. So if there is no objection and I hear none, I would like to borrow a couple of their questions.
The 3rd and 4th questions in the 4-way test are the following. “Will it build goodwill and better friendships?” Then the last question is, “Is it beneficial to all concerned?”
In my humble opinion, YES.
The buzzer has sounded and this column is over,
The Ole Coach Mike Wright
Overtime: Coming columns “Ingredients of a super booster” and “Hail, Hail the Gang’s Not all Here”