October 2018

 

County Wins National Gold Medal Award
In Parks and Recreation

Months of preparation and commitment to the highest level of service in parks and recreation has earned the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department (PBC Parks) the 2018 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, one of the highest achievements possible for Parks and Recreation agencies. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), awarded this honor to PBC Parks at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 25, 2018.
 
Agencies are judged on their ability to address the social, recreational and wellness needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. The award recognizes the department for its best practices and commitment to environmental sustainability, health, and community building. Dedicated staff improve the lives of residents and visitors, regardless of age, gender or ability, through unique initiatives like The PlayMaker, the Parks to Work Program, and the Responsible Pier Initiative, among others.

PBC Parks encourages healthy lifestyles through events, outreach and partnerships to help serve thousands from underserved communities and encourage fitness and recreation, while generating millions in economic impact through Sports and Aquatic tourism and saving taxpayers millions through countless volunteer service hours.
 
“I am extremely proud to have been awarded the Grand Plaque for excellence in parks and recreation management. This award demonstrates the dedication and commitment from our employees and validates our level of service and pledge to provide quality programs, services and facilities. I’m also grateful to the County Commission and our administration for their unwavering support of the Parks and Recreation Department and the benefits our services generate for the community,” said PBC Parks Director Eric Call.
 
Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

 


The World Comes to the Palm Beaches
for a Double Play

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission welcomes “The World Comes to The Palm Beaches”, an international baseball tournament, which will take place at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach from November 1-4, 2018. The Caribbean Baseball Organization, which hosts the Palm Beach Collegiate and International Baseball Festival at the Santaluces Athletic Complex in March, invited global teams that will compete in the tournament.


The participating nations will send their national team or a club team to compete on this world stage. Each team is guaranteed to play in a minimum of five (5) games. The tournament will feature  an 18 and under & 18 and over division in addition to a 12 and under youth bracket. Participating teams will travel from 27 countries and five (5) continents and represent nations such as the United States, Canada, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Russia, Jamaica, Venezuela, Haiti, China, Kenya, US Virgin Islands and Italy. The tournament begins on November 1st  at 3:30 pm and will conclude with the Championship Games on Sunday, November 4th at 10:30 am.


“The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is thrilled to partner with The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and the Caribbean Baseball Organization to bring this international baseball tournament to Palm Beach County,” said George Linley, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director. “The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is a major vehicle for sports tourism from both a national and international perspective.”


Mario Signorello, President of Caribbean Baseball Organization stated, “The World Comes to the Palm Beaches is proud to welcome players from over 25 countries and 5 continents to Palm Beach County” now we need your support, wear the jersey of your country and receive $1 off the gate admission!”

 

 


A Perfect Game for The Palm Beaches

The Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championships will be returning for the 18th time in 19 years.  On October 18-22, 2018 The WWBA will take place at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, FL. Over 2,000 athletes participating on 88 elite travel baseball teams will visit Palm Beach County to compete in one of the most competitive high school age baseball tournaments in the world. This is an invite-only event and is the most prestigious tournament that Perfect Game puts on. It is the most highly scouted amateur showcase in the world.  This event, which has experienced tremendous growth in team and player participation, is conducted under Perfect Game USA.

The Perfect Game WWBA World Championships is known simply as “Jupiter” amongst the amateur baseball community. The Perfect Game WWBA World Championship provides a showcase for prospects while they perform in front of nearly 1,000 professional scouts and college recruiters over the course of five days.  

The WWBA World Championship is a pool play tournament where each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games. The top travel baseball organizations from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada come together to compete at the highest level.

Perfect Game USA is the largest amateur baseball scouting service, hosting more than 100 showcases and tournaments each year.  Perfect Game attracts the most talented amateur players in the nation and the proof is in the results.  A total of 10,228 of Perfect Game’s alumni have been selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft since 2003. The number of MLB draft picks for Perfect Game leads all other baseball organizations.  A couple of alumni players who played in this showcase include Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Buster Posey, David Price and Mike Trout.

 

 


Live. Love. Lax

Palm Beach County Sports Commission(PBCSC) is hosting  LAX Clash Monster Mash which will take place on October 27 - 28,2018 at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. This is the second year in a row that The Palm Beach County Sport Commission and Monster Mash have partnered to put on this boys and girls lacrosse tournament featuring 80 top lacrosse teams in the State of Florida. The Tournament will be broken down in to several age divisions including boys 8U ,10U, 12U,14U. Girls middle school and girls high school. (No more than 20% of the team are Seniors).

This year’s tournament is expected to bring over 1800 athletes to Palm Beach County and over 3500 spectators. The event gets underway on Saturday, October 27 with the Boys 10U at 1:25 p.m. followed by the girls MS game at 3:00 p.m.

About Monster Mash
The Monster Mash Lax Clash is a Halloween Themed Lacrosse tournament for Girls and Boys based in Coral Springs, Florida.
 
 

The Race is On

Florida Atlantic University will welcome Conference USA competition Saturday, October 27, 2018 as the Owls host the CUSA cross country championship at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. The championship will begin with the women’s 5K race at 8:30 a.m., followed by the men’s 8000-meter run at 9:15 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held after the completion of the men’s race. The Lady Owl’s posted a tenth-place finish at last season’s championship and will look to improve in the rankings during the 2018 championship. They will compete against 12 other CUSA opponents at the home meet, with Rice (3), Southern Mississippi (2), North Texas (5) and Marshall (8) all ranked in their respective Preseason U.S Track & Field Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings. For the men’s championship, FAU will race 10 other conference schools, including a Charlotte squad ranked No. 1 in the preseason USTFCCCA National Poll.

 


Why not play golf at one of our 160 golf courses, or hit a homerun in some of the best  Major League Baseball spring training facilties. Whether you're cracking the bat or gripping a 9 iron The palm Beaches is the place to be.


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