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Fort Wayne to be sports hotbed this weekend

Several events to bring thousands to city

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 2:48 pm

This weekend, Fort Wayne will be site of four regional youth sporting events, bringing 7,000 participants and $1 million to the city.

The weekend's largest event will be the Gym Rats MLK Classic held at Spiece Fieldhouse on Saturday and Sunday. It's the 10th year for the popular tournament, where an estimated 3,500 basketball players from across the Midwest will compete over two days. Tournament information can be found at gymrats.com.

The Fort Wayne MLK Challenge, a new event, will be held at two venues from Saturday through Monday at Memorial Coliseum and the SportOne Parkview Fieldhouse. The challenge will feature an expected 2,500 players from five states. For match times and locations, visit munciana.com.

The FWA Winter Classic Invitational will take place at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium Friday through Sunday. The three-day swimming event will consist of 200 of the top swimmers in Indiana. Meet times and awards ceremony information can be found at ftwayneaquatics.com.

The 11v11 Indoor Challenge Tournament will be held at Plex South from From Friday through Sunday. It is hosted by the Fort Wayne Fever. An estimated 1,000 soccer players from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska and Illinois will compete over three days in a round-robin tournament format. Visit fwfever.com for more information.

Fort Wayne topped several cities to host these four events.