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Cheerleaders, music and millions of dollars in profit

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Young athletes, supportive families and millions of dollars in profit. The biggest athletic event in Columbus took place at the Columbus Civic Center on November 15 to 16, 2013. This makes the 14th year that the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Cheerleading Championship has taken place in Columbus, Ga.

112 cheerleading teams competed on November 15, and 48 teams competed on the 16.

Herbert Green, the director of Columbus Sports Council, says 3,000 cheerleaders came to town over the weekend.

"Motels, restaurants, and gas stations profit from our cheerleading competition," Green explained. "Columbus makes about 1.2 to 1.5 millions, and that is good hit for just two days. The city also gets great publicity, and the money creates a positive economic impact."

Pam Carter is the GHSA cheerleading coordinator and former cheerleading coach for Hardaway High School and Columbus High School. She is confident that the cheerleading championship will take place in Columbus again next year.

"This event is a tremendous impact on our economy," Carter said. "We start planning for the next year's CHSA championship a month after the competition ends. I am sure Columbus will hold the game again next year."

David Boyd, event manager at Columbus Sports Council, said cheerleading always brings in thousands of visitors from all across Georgia.

"Three thousand cheerleaders, thousands of family members, friends, fans," Boyd said. "You're looking at easy seven to eight thousand visitors in Columbus. I saw a group that showed up Friday night for the Saturday game. People are serious about GHSA championship. Nothing tops it."

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