Sports event

Sporting event will bring millions to WV

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Next week, 1,500 young people from across the East Coast will compete in the Amateur Athletic Union regional track meet in Charleston.

Only about 100 of those athletes will be from West Virginia. The other 1,400 and their families come from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York State.

Since most of them are traveling with family members, this will put around 4,000 people in hotels, restaurants and shops in the area. The economic impact could be in the order of $7 million.

“Phenomenal! And you know it makes money for our businesses. It’s really a way for people, who’ve probably never been to West Virginia, to see what it’s all about. Coming to Charleston and have a great time,” Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango said.

But the athletics competition needs dozens of volunteers to register. The job includes setting up obstacles, measuring shots, working on other events and maintaining the grounds.

“We are going to give every volunteer a free meal and a free t-shirt and you can’t do better. And you can come and help us show this group how great Charleston is and how we hope to bring them back one day,” said Leslie Smithson of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Volunteers can register on the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau website.