The City of Kingman will host a senior softball tournament this spring. Recreation coordinator Ryan Fruhwirth said it's part of an effort to use sporting events to bring people and spending to town.
``We've been working really hard towards reinvigorating the tournament culture in Kingman, not just softball and baseball, but the entire tournament culture," Fruhwirth said. ``The senior softball circuit is a very lucrative demographic and the interest right now is at an all-time high for senior sports."
Fruhwirth helped build a senior softball tournament during his previous employment in Bullhead City. He noted eight teams competed there in 2007 but the tournament grew to 84 teams by 2014.
Fruhwirth believe lessons learned from Bullhead City will help him grow an annual Kingman tournament more quickly.
``We've got everything that these kind of teams and tournaments need. We've got outstanding world class facilities. We've got beautiful weather at the time of year that we're planning this tournament. We've got a very appreciative business atmosphere here in town," Fruhwirth said. ``This is about tourism dollars. It's a great way to help boost the local economy. I'm sincerely hoping that local businesses are going to jump on board to claim their share of these people who are going to be coming to town."
Games will be played on each of the seven fields at the Centennial Park sports complex from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2.
Fruhwirth said talent and sportsmanship is very evident in senior softball.
``You're never going to find happier people who are just out there to play ball and they leave their drama at the door," Fruhwirth said. ``These people are out their in their golden years just for the love of the game and for the purity of the game. It's inspiring to watch some of these people at 70, 75 and 80 years old swinging the bat, running the bases and throwing the ball."