Every year the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) awards school districts within the state the opportunity to host major sporting tournaments on their campuses and in partnership with their local communities.
These events have an enormous impact on the local economy as players and fans utilize area lodging and dining facilities. The 4A Soccer tournament hosted by Southside in Spring 2018 had an estimated $125,000.00 direct economic impact to Independence County.
Over the past year, the Tourism hub and AAA recruiting cluster has worked to form partnerships with area school districts, Lyon College, the Batesville Advertising and Promotions Commission, and the Batesville Parks Department in an effort to make Independence County a competitive location for hosting future events.
Thanks to the work of the AAA recruiting cluster, in 2019, the Batesville School District will host the 4A State Track Tournament on April 30th and Southside School District will host the 4A Soccer, Softball, and Baseball Tournaments on May 11th-13th.