The Palm Beach County Sports Commission Earns
Illustrious Florida Sports Foundation Award
The Florida Sports Foundation, the state’s leading sports promotion and development organization, presented five awards to recognize sports commissions for their efforts to cultivate sports tourism in Florida.The awards were presented at the annual Florida Sports Summit in Jacksonville, FL on May 23rd. “Florida’s Best Awarded Event in 2018” was presented to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. This honor was bestowed on the sports commission that won the most impressive and impactful bid to bring new sports tourism business to Florida.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) awarded an unprecedented collection of its golf championships to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. In total, the NCAA delivered the Palm Beach County Sports Commission five (5) golf championships that will take place in a four (4) year span (2019-2022). These NCAA Golf Championships will take place on The Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission partnered with Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Emory University to bid on a series of NCAA National Championships and Regional Championships. Palm Beach County will host the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional Championship in 2022, NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship in 2019, NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship in 2021, NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship in 2020, and the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championship, also 2020. NCAA championship events attract thousands of participants, spectators and families from across the United States, creating irreplaceable media exposure and generating enormous tourism and economic benefits.
The competition to host NCAA championship events is fierce. The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities trying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA’s 90 championships over the four-year bid cycle.
“The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is humbled to be the recipient of Florida’s Best Awarded Event,” said George Linley, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is excited to partner with first-class universities in hosting these NCAA National Championships. Very few communities have the privilege of hosting a collegiate national championship and we are privileged to be hosting five over a four-year period.”
Prospect Select Hosts its Palm Beach Classic for the 2nd Straight Year in the Palm Beaches
Prospect Select Baseball is bringing one of the largest high school baseball tournaments to The Palm Beaches this week. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, and Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation to host the Prospect Select Baseball - Palm Beach Classic for the second consecutive year. Prospect Select Baseball is a high caliber amateur sports organization that owns a variety of robust baseball events taking place throughout the nation. The Palm Beach Classic, which is scheduled for June 8-13, 2018, will feature over 250 teams consisting of more than 4,500 athletes. Palm Beach County’s premier baseball venues, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, and the Santaluces Athletic Complex, will join Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, to offer over 30 diamonds to accommodate this tournament.
The Palm Beach Classic will attract elite travel teams from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. These teams will compete in a wood bat only format, featuring three age groups (14U, 16U, & 18U).
Prospect Select Baseball will also bring its prestigious TOPPS Showcase to Palm Beach County. The TOPPS Showcase will take place in conjunction with the Palm Beach Classic and features 80 of the most talented high school baseball players in the country. These players will compete in a variety of skills competitions before playing in the TOPPS Showcase game.
Located in West Palm Beach, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is Florida’s newest Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training facility and is home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The facility opened in 2017 and features a 7,500-seat stadium in addition to 12 supplementary diamonds built to MLB specifications.
“FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is thrilled to host Prospect Select’s Palm Beach Classic in coordination with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the Santaluces Athletic Complex, Tradition Field, and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission”, said Brady Ballard, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches’ General Manager. “With four premier facilities for amateur baseball, the experience these athletes and families will enjoy alongside the many great tourism elements will showcase why Palm Beach County is such a great destination.”
Located in Jupiter, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is the MLB spring training home for the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is comprised of 12 MLB baseball diamonds in addition to its 7,000-seat stadium field.
"We are excited to host Prospect Select at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium”, said Mike Bauer, the General Manager of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The Palm Beach Classic represents a partnership between both of Palm Beach County’s spring training facilities. This collaborative effort will grow sports tourism in Palm Beach County."
The Santaluces Athletic Complex, located in Lantana, was the former spring training facility for the Montreal Expos. The complex is owned and operated by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and maintains four (4) lighted baseball diamonds of professional dimensions.
“For many years, Palm Beach County has been a premier destination for baseball events and we’re excited about the opportunity to partner with our Sports Commission, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to facilitate Prospect Select and its Palm Beach Classic,” remarked Eric Call, Director of Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation. “We’re pleased to be able to present our award-winning park system and sports venues to visitors and I know that all of the participants will enjoy their experience.”
The Palm Beach Classic will be one of the largest amateur sports events taking place in Palm Beach County during the summer of 2018. In addition to home runs and great catches, this event will bring tremendous economic benefits. The influx of visitors will create an estimated $4 million in visitor spending while generating a strong boost to hotel occupancy levels.
"We are extremely excited about the 2018 Palm Beach Classic. The nation’s best travel organizations in amateur baseball and the nation’s premier baseball players will be on display at world class venues in The Palm Beaches,” said Prospect Select Baseball Regional Director, Jeremy Plexico.
Goalball Debuts in The Palm Beaches
The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) brought the inaugural South Florida Goalball Mixer to Palm Beach County. This tournament was held on Saturday, June 2, at the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex in Lake Worth. Goalball teams and players attended from across the nation.
Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for athletes with a vision impairment. Although it’s not commonly known, the sport was invented in 1946 to help rehabilitate veterans who had lost their sight during the Second World War.
Participants attempted to throw a ball that has bells into the opponents’ goal. Players use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Players must wear opaque eyeshades at all times ensuring fair competition. Teams are made up of six players, with three members playing at any one time. The object of the game is to throw a ball past the opponents and into their net to score points. Players stay on their hands and knees to defend their net and score against their opponents.
The USABA is a national organization that provides sports opportunities to thousands of children, youth, adults and veterans who are blind and visually impaired. USABA programs serve athletes of all ages and abilities from local grassroots programs to the elite Paralympic level.
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities, as well as their families. The Palm Beach County CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex is a facility designed for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. The facility incorporates state-of-the-art design with sophisticated adapted equipment that allows everyone to participate in sports and physical activity. People of all ages and abilities can train and compete in sports, participate in fitness programs, and experience a wide array of visual and performing arts programs.
The 89th Women’s Amateur Championship Tees Off in
The Palm Beaches
The Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) conducts 15 State Championships for women and girls, including the prestigious Women’s Amateur Championship. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with the FSGA to host the Women’s Amateur Championship from June 13-17, 2018 at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth and the Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach. The 89th edition of the Women’s Amateur Championship will feature 156 golfers competing in both stroke play and match play. The format of the Women’s Amateur Championship begins with 36 holes of stroke play to cut the field to the low 64 for match play. All golfers play 18 holes at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches and 18 holes at the Quail Ridge Country Club before the 36-hole cut.
Match play takes place solely at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches.
The Women’s Amateur Championship, which began in 1927, is one the oldest sports events to take place annually in Florida. Past Champions include names like Cristie Kerr, Meghan Stasi, Taffy Brower, and other notables.
The Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) was formed in 1913 to promote, protect, and preserve the game of golf. The FSGA includes more than 800-member clubs and 250,000 individual members. The FSGA conducts more than 520 tournament days each year, including 38 state championships, and over 45 days of United States Golf Association (USGA) qualifying events.
8th Season of South Florida Collegiate Baseball League Commences in June
Tabbed as one of the top summer collegiate baseball leagues in the United States, the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League began its 8th season of play on Friday, June 1st. Games locations vary, with most sites taking place in Palm Beach County. The wood bat summer league serves as an opportunity for the best amateur college baseball players to develop in a competitive environment, while getting exposure from professional baseball scouts. In the last four (4) seasons, the South Florida Collegiate Baseball league has produced 93 Major League Baseball draft picks.
The South Florida Collegiate Baseball League consists of ten (10) teams that play a 40-game regular season, with games beginning in June and ending in the last week of July. All games are nine (9) innings, with most doubleheaders scheduled on the weekends. The All-Star game is played in mid-July, and the League Championship Series concludes in the first week of August. The South Florida Collegiate Baseball League invites collegiate baseball players from across the nation, competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). A total of seven (7) teams in the league are based in Palm Beach County.
Players are not the only ones benefiting from playing in the league. In Palm Beach County the league provides tourism benefits during the summer months. “The South Florida Collegiate Baseball League creates a significant tourism impact to The Palm Beaches”, said George Linley, Executive Director for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “The collegiate athletes and their families are traveling from across the nation to compete in this league and will occupy hotels and seasonal rentals for a two-month time frame. For a preview of the 2018 South Florida Collegiate Baseball League, its teams and their schedules, please visit www.southfloridacollegiateleague.com
Florida Lacrosse Cup to face off in Delray Beach
and Boca Raton
The Florida Lacrosse Cup will take place in The Palm Beaches for its third consecutive year. This amateur lacrosse tournament will utilize Seacrest Soccer Complex in Delray Beach and the Spanish River Athletic Complex at Countess de Hoernle Park in Boca Raton. A total of 64 teams and more than 1,100 athletes will travel from across Florida to compete. This event features a variety of age groups for the boys, which include 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, and high school. Girls middle school and high school age divisions are also featured in the tournament. All participating teams are guaranteed to play a minimum of four (4) games. The Florida Lacrosse Cup is sanctioned by US Lacrosse and is expected to develop into a signature event for southern Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County was home to the Florida High School Lacrosse Championships for the third consecutive year. The Florida High School Lacrosse State Championships for boys and girls were held at Boca Raton High School. Palm Beach County high schools were crowned champions! Jupiter High School Boys’ Lacrosse team and American Heritage Girls’ Lacrosse team were crowned state champions. Please check out the highlights from the special Florida High School Lacrosse Championships.
Boca Raton High School also hosted the 2018 Florida Flag Football State Championships on May 12. Check out the action!