Over the past 10 years, Alison and Scott Bermack have traveled hundreds of miles—and spent thousands of dollars—to attend gymnastic practices, workouts and tournaments with their son Zachary, now 16.
"It averages around $300 a month, year-round for training and that's not including airfare, hotel rooms and food, uniforms and event fees," said Alison, a 44-year-old freelance writer with two other children.
"Scott is a lawyer, so he pays for most of this," she said. "It's expensive, but our son loves being a gymnast, so that's why we do it."
The Bermacks are part of the explosive youth sports movement, which has become a $7 billion industry in travel alone.
"Youth sports tourism wasn't even a category four years ago, and now it's the fastest-growing segment in travel," said Dave Hollander, professor at New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports.
"You've got millions of kids involved, parents spending thousands of dollars, and cities building facilities to host events and chase tourism dollars," he said. "It's just huge."