(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 12, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) and The Bradenton Area Sports Commission will host the Region 8 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) volleyball tournament Nov. 3 to Nov. 5 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. The College and Commission hosted the tournament last year and are scheduled to continue through 2018.
During the first weekend of November, the top eight teams in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) will compete for the state championship and vie for berths in the national tournament. The event will kick off with a banquet at the convention center the night before play begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3. The championship game will be played at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. The tournament is open to the public and admission is $10 per day or a tournament pass can be purchased for $25 at the gate.
By bringing the tournament to the convention center, SCF and The Bradenton Area Sports Commission are helping to expand the sports industry in the area. Manatee and Sarasota counties have attracted world-class rowing events, soccer tournaments, polo competitions, and can boast some of the best teams in the state, including SCF baseball, tennis, and volleyball. The competitions are an economic engine, filling local hotel rooms, boosting restaurant sales and getting visitors into area shops.
Sponsorships are still available and offer an opportunity to promote a business or organization to audiences from across the state. Volunteers also are needed to assist during the tournament or to host student athletes.
For more information, visit SCFManatees.com or contact SCF Athletic Director Matt Ennis at 941-752-5574, ennism@SCF.edu.