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Soccer tournament kicks off summer business in Sylvania

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This Memorial Day weekend marks year eleven for the Pacesetter Soccer Invitational.   Teams from across the region and even Canada are in Sylvania to win the championship title for their age division.   Parents and supporters say the pleasant weather could bring out more fans who want to enjoy the activities.

"This is probably the biggest and the best that we've had so far in terms of size of the tournament and the quality of teams that are coming here," says Greg McElroy, the boys' director for the Pacesetter Soccer Club.

"We get to meet many new people and learn other things," comments one parent of a 16-year-old player, Eric Njiforfut. "I think it helps my sons and children learn what team building is all about."

Sylvania's Mayberry Plaza is less than a mile from the fields, and already business is pouring in.   Owners at a local snack shop expect to see a thirty percent increase this weekend, and even more after Memorial Day.

"We will probably get about forty percent of our business is done in May, June and July for the whole year," says Marty McKelvy who owns the Nautica Coffee shop.  "It's really important."

The Pacesetter Invitational runs through Monday, and organizers expect more teams next weekend for the state cup games....bringing in more cash to the community with every kick on the soccer field.

"It's gorgeous, it's not snowing!" says Marty.  "We're happy."

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