"This is one of the longest-standing junior soccer tournaments in the state of Georgia," Athens United president Michael Crain said.
"We've got more than twice as many teams as we had last year - it may be one of our all-time highs and it's certainly the largest since I've been involved."
credited White with jumpstarting participation in the 35th year of the tournament.
"A lot of it is what Lloyd White brings to our club," said Crain
, whose son Alexander plays on Athens United's
U-16 teams and son William plays on the U-12 team.
With teams coming from throughout the state (and one team from Alabama), the Athens Invitational should also provide a nice boost to area coffers, Crain
"We're expecting about 1,500 players, which is a sizable, positive hit for the local economy," he