Basketball Tournament Boosts City Business

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Hundreds of players and fans took to the streets of Gallipolis for its second annual Hoop Project.

The basketball tournament is part of the city's downtown revitalization project.

"We've got 75 teams from three states. People are coming from Cleveland, Cincinnati, Lexington, Huntington, West Virginia; all playing 160 games of basketball," said organizer Meagan Barnes.

Teams of all ages enter to play for their chance to win the big trophy or the big money, but it's not just players that are scoring big.

Local businesses are scoring some extra profit from the crowds that the tournament brings in. Owners of a Gallipolis T-shirt say they've been taking orders non-stop.

"It boosts us a lot because we're out of that baseball season and we're not quite to football season, so it's just that summertime time when people are on vacation and not doing a lot of shopping here, said Brandi Rathburn of BCMR Apparel. "It really helps."

Other businesses like trophy stores, sign companies and restaurants are also benefiting from the tournament.

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