For the fifth consecutive year, the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships will bring thousands of athletes and their families to Springfield.

Up to 10,000 people are estimated to be in Springfield for the event March 18-23. The event will feature teams from across the United States and includes contests in elementary, junior high school, junior varsity and varsity age groups at more than 30 area gyms.

For 21 years, the championship has been the largest homeschool sporting event in the world. The 2012 tournament attracted 352 teams.

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