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Montgomery prepares for AHSAA All-Star Sports Week

AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese (Source: WSFA 12 News) AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

More than four thousand players, coaches, and fans are expected to arrive in the river region for the Alabama High School Athletic Associations All-Star Sports Week.

The 18th Annual event is something the city has worked hard to accommodate. 

"We could not put this even, an event of this magnitude on in the city of Montgomery without it being a symbiotic, cooperative effort with every one here in Montgomery," said Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the AHSAA.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange hopes the All-Star week brings future events to the River Region as well. 

"While these are great opportunities to have revenue coming to our city, the greater opportunity is to showcase our city and to be able to handle the type of things we're doing and handle them well," Mayor Strange said. "Then they go back and spread the message and that message is a good message and then more people will want to come."

While the city hopes to shine during the busy week, it's the students who will be the focus. The all-star games feature the very best of Alabama's high school athletes from a wide variety of sports. 
 
"There's more than 150,000 student athletes in the state of Alabama. We whittle it down and have a little over 350 athletes here for all-star week so, it's a tedious process for those committees to go through those nomination forms," said Alvin Briggs, Director of the OSHAA Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.

Win or lose, those who lucky enough to make the cut are certain to benefit from the experience. 

"It's an opportunity for them to develop new relationships, to meet those people, to see our wonderful city, the beautiful facilities we have in Montgomery, and to participate in the sports where they've been chosen," Savarese said. 

All of the All-Star Sports Games are open to the public and admission for each one is five dollars,

ON THE WEB: Full calendar of the All-Star

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