WACO (August 3, 2014) The Little League World Series is a dream for many kids across the country, and the road to Williamsport, Pa., runs right through Waco.
Every year since 2001, the Southwest Regional Tournament has been held in Waco.
The winner advances to the Little League World Series.
The week-long event brings an increase in visitors to the city.
"In reality, we're bringing in an event that is bringing about a quarter million in revenue to the city," says Regional Director Sergio Guzman.
The teams and their supporters, who come from as far as New Mexico and Colorado, are responsible for increased business at local restaurants and hotels.
"It brings in a lot of other people from other states, and I think you get to see what Waco has," resident Aaron Fiorentino said.
"This is an incredible facility right in our own back yard and I just think it's awesome that this Southwest Regional is held here in Waco, Texas."
Guzman says the community as a whole is what Little League was founded on; calling them a "grass roots program."
Games are played at the George W. Bush Little League Center at 3700 University Parks Drive through Wednesday.
Admission is free.