Louisiana continues to be a hot bed of baseball interest and activity at all levels and particularly in Lake Charles. New Balance Future Stars Series National Championships, one of the most prestigious high school showcase baseball tournaments in the United States, will call Southwest Louisiana home for the next four years.

Lake Charles CVB New Balance Announcement November 6, 2019 (Left to Right):
Sam Moore, head baseball coach of Sulphur High School; Ray Castonguay, Vice President of Merchandise & E-Commerce and Lynn Castonguay; Eric Zartler, Sales Director of Visit Lake Charles; Brian Norris, COO of Program 15; Mayor Nic Hunter of Lake Charles; Jeremy Booth, Founder & CEO/President of Baseball Operations of Program 15; Renee Booth, Event Coordinator & Director of Quality Assurance; Danny Ardoin, Catching Coordinator for Program 15; Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of Visit Lake Charles; and Matt Fontenot, head baseball coach of St. Louis Catholic High School.

The CEO and president of NBFSS, Jeremy Booth told a downtown Lake Charles crowd the new partnership with the city is for four years, the first event taking place over a four week period beginning June 30 (next summer). Teams will come from all over the country to compete for the National Championship.

Teams that are expected to participate from around the country include the Orlando Scorpions, Arkansas Sticks, Dirtbags Baseball, Ontario Blue Jays, Next Level Baseball, US Elite, Team Dinger, NorCal Baseball, Trombly Baseball and from inside the state are the Louisiana Knights and Team Louisiana.

The event has been held the past three years in Houston, but Lake Charles representatives were able to bring the bacon home in winning this prestigious high school national championship series.

The southwest corner of the state is shaping up to be a sportsman's paradise in more ways than outdoors life. This new baseball event is the second big sports announcement for the town following the signing of the USA Boxing National Championships that are being held in town next month.

Over the four week period of the championships next summer, visiting teams and supporters are expected to rent out over 10,000 room nights and, accounting for dinners and shopping could have an estimated economic impact of some $7.5 million dollars.