By: Meredith Hillgartner
The Caprock Classic is underway and tournament director Bobby Drum said after 55 years it is still going strong.
“Texas Tech came to us back 55 years ago and asked us to get a high school tournament here so they could actually get some recruiting here,” Drum said.
And boy did they recruit.
“Sheryl Swoopes, Craig Ehlo played in the pros, the NBA ,we had Austin Jackson,” Drum said. “We’ve had several other kids get recruited. There have been some big names come out of this tournament.”
Drum said 2013 is one of their biggest years-bringing 88 teams from across the state to the
“Our numbers are up this year,” Drum said. “We thought out numbers might go down because of the limit UIL put on things, actually are numbers are up this year on teams. We've already got a waiting list for next year.”
In its’ half a century the tournament has grown into more than just a recruiting tool, it has become a big money maker for Lubbock- giving a boost to local hotels, restaurants and other entertainment.
“Absolutely the economic impact is huge,” Drum said. “Lubbock Sports Authority tracks that. It is so big that those guys help us out a ton and really want everything to work out as well as it possibly can.”
More than money, more than sports the tournament is a time for charity.
“One hundred percent of our profits go to helping our charities,” Drum said.
One of those charities is Amtryke-a medical tricycle that helps children and veterans with disabilities.
This year the Caprock Classic will present 16 people with new tricycles and there are even more people they will help behind the scenes.
“Our charities are Texas Boys Ranch, Big Brothers Big Sister,” Drum said. “There is a whole list of people we give our money too.”