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QC youth football tourney
Playoff is Dec. 13-15 at Harding High
 
Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:09 am
by Herbert L. White

The Queen City Classic is returning – in a decidedly smaller reincarnation.

Elite Kids Sports, a Charlotte non-profit, will hosting the inaugural QC Classic Youth Football Tournament on Dec. 13-15 at Harding University High. 

Teams from New York, Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee are expected to compete in the three-day tournament, which takes its name from the series between West Charlotte Lions and Second Ward from 1947-68. 

Organizers see the tournament as a way of  bringing back the Queen City Classic name with youth football tournament open to teams across the U.S. and Canada. 

“Young student athletes look forward to playing for the title of champion,” said Elite Kids Sports spokesperson Lai Holland. “Some leagues even play for the chance to compete in Florida for National ranking. Elite Kids Sports is looking to make this an annual event that grows bigger and bigger.” 

Elite Kids Sports serves youth primarily in low-income urban neighborhoods on in west Charlotte. Due to financial constraints, some of the area’s best teams have to pass on national tournaments because their parents lack the money to fund trips.

“We want the QC Classic to be another alternative for our youth to be a part of something larger than regular season,” Holland said. “Opening the tournament to teams across the country is our way of allowing our teams here in Charlotte compete against other teams from other states. 

For information on the tournament, call Holland at (980) 236-8299.

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