September 2018

THIS IS SPARTA! Palm Beach County Will Host Its Inaugural Spartan Race in 2019

West Palm Beach, FL – The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with Spartan Race, Inc. to host the inaugural Spartan Palm Beach Sprint Weekend, on April 27-28, 2019 at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Palm Beach Parks & Recreation  has submitted a successful bid to bring Spartan Sprint Race to The Palm Beaches. The race weekend will feature two days of Spartan’s signature “Sprint” style race. Over 10,000 participants from across the United States are expected to participate in the race.

The Sprint is the shortest distance race Spartan offers, but it’s a favorite amongst both new and returning racers, as it’s the perfect distance for those looking to start their Spartan journey. The Sprint also allows returning racers a manageable distance to see how far they can push themselves. Delivering approximately 25 obstacles of 3+ miles, racers will never run the same race twice. Obstacles will include – fire jump, tall walls, monkey bars, rope climb and much more.

“We are excited to be bringing Spartan to The Palm Beaches,” said Cherie Bortnick, Spartan’s Director of Business Development, Destinations. “This venue is unique in that it will offer participants the opportunity to test themselves on challenging terrain, as well as see some amazing scenic views, and it offers a place to relax after as the beach is only minutes away.”

Racers have the option to enter one of three different divisions. For the most competitive racers, there is the Elite division, which is held first thing in the morning. Racers can also compete by age group (14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49, or 50+), or they can simply enter the open division for more recreational/novice racers. Spartan events even offer races for children ages 4 to 13 years old, where they are put to the test against age-appropriate obstacles and race distances. 

Palm Beach County Sports Commission President and Parks and Recreation Director, Eric Call added, “We are very excited about the opportunity to host this prestigious event at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park.”  “With our champion level cross country course and vast amount of open space, this park has the capability of serving thousands of participants in this grueling test of strength and stamina.”

Burt Aaronson South County Regional has almost 900 acres of recreation space and is in northwest Boca Raton. This venue is part of Palm Beach County's award-winning park and recreation system and is one of the most comprehensive leisure destinations in the State!

The Spartan Palm Beach Sprint Weekend will create enormous tourism and economic benefits for The Palm Beaches. The arrival of traveling participants will create more than $2.5 million of economic impact while filling thousands of hotel rooms. 

 “We are proud to host Palm Beach County’s inaugural Spartan Race in 2019“ stated George Linley, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director.  Spartan is the world’s prominent organization that promotes obstacle course racing and endurance sports.   Spartan’s participants have incredible brand loyalty and travel from all corners of the globe to experience these races.  Our Sports Commission is confident that the Spartan Palm Beach Sprint Weekend will offer an unbeatable experience, from the competition viewpoint and destination qualities.”

To register clink the link: Spartan Race Inc. Obstacle Course Races | Palm Beach Sprint Weekend Presented by Palm Beach County 2019

 


Angels in The Outfield

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission partnered with FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to bring the Wilson Premier Classic to Palm Beach County  September 14-17, 2018.  More than 50 teams from the most talented travel baseball clubs in America faced off in the third-annual Wilson Premier Classic. The invitation-only baseball tournament  featured over 1,200 baseball players, from across the nation, competing in high school age groups (15U, 16U, & 17U). 

The collection of athletes included projected top draft picks for Major League Baseball (MLB).  In just two years since the inaugural event in 2016, the Wilson Premier Classic boasts eight first-round draft picks, more than 350 D1 college commits and 22 Perfect Game All-Americans. MLB scouts and college coaches from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC visited The Palm Beaches to watch these players fare against top-level competition.

The Wilson Premier Classic has relocated to The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and The Santaluces Athletic Complex in West Palm Beach?. In the previous two years the Wilson Premier Classic took place at the Peoria Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona in 2017 and the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Complex in Sarasota in 2016.

“The Classic is the marquee tournament in the Wilson Premier event program and has quickly established itself as a must-attend event for high-level prospects, college recruiters and pro scouts,” Wilson Premier Baseball National Director Matthew Bliven said. “The most talented organizations and players across the country from the 2019, 2020 and 2021 graduating classes all playing at one central location is extremely desirable to talent evaluators everywhere. The rosters are full of future professional and collegiate baseball players, and the caliber of talent is unmatched.”

The Wilson Premier Classic has quickly gained a reputation for hosting the best amateur talent in the country”, says Jim Hendry, former Chicago Cubs General Manager and current New York Yankees Special Assistant.  “We prioritize evaluating the highest caliber players in the most competitive environments and the Classic is one of the few places we can do that on a consistent basis.  Everything about Wilson Premier is first class from the facilities to the detailed and accurate player information we get from the staff.  It’s a great event.

The Wilson Premier Classic is the marquee baseball event for Wilson.  The event represents an annual celebration of partnership, featuring baseball clubs supported by Wilson and its family of brands, such as DeMarini and Louisville Slugger. The traveling athletes and their families will generate nearly $2 million in visitor spending while creating a strong boost to hotel occupancy levels.  

In addition to home runs, great catches, and strikeouts, the Wilson Premier Classic will deliver a significant tourism and economic impact to Palm Beach County.  The traveling athletes and their families will generate nearly $2 million in visitor spending while creating a strong boost to hotel occupancy levels.  

“Hosting this elite baseball tournament produced by one of the most prominent sporting goods companies on the globe will further elevate Palm Beach County’s position as an elite sports destination”, remarked George Linley, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.  The abundance of new dollars and rise in hotel occupancy will be welcomed by the hospitality and business community during the traditionally slow month of September.”   


Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) Fall Classic Will Be a Grand Slam For The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces the return of Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) Fall Classic. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will partner with FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium to host the MSBL Fall Classic for the next three years on November 4-17, 2018, November 3-16, 2019, and November 1-14, 2020.   The MSBL Fall Classic is one of the largest amateur baseball amateur baseball tournaments tailored for adults of all ages.  This event will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018.

Executive Director , George Linley emphasized, "The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is privileged to partner with Men’s Senior Baseball League to host their Fall Classic at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The MSBL Fall Classic is one of the largest amateur baseball tournaments for adults that takes place annually in the United States.   We are proud that MSBL selected Palm Beach County as their home for the next three years, which demonstrates The Palm Beaches’ position as Florida’s premier baseball destination."  

The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, located in West Palm Beach, and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, located in Jupiter, will come together to offer two marquee baseball stadiums and over 20 total diamonds to host the MSBL Fall Classic. They will accommodate 125 teams, consisting of 2,000 athletes from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Peru.   The tournament features seven (7) adult age groups (18+, 30+, 35+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+). Over 400 baseball games will be played during the 13-day stretch.  Teams compete in a round robin format, which is followed by play-offs, to determine MSBL champions.

Brady Ballard, General Manager, stated "FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is excited to welcome MSBL back to Palm Beach and to our complex for the first time.  This will be a great two weeks of adult baseball and economic impact to the community."

The event has taken place on the west coast of Florida for a total of 24 out of the last 29 years.  After an 18-year stint on the West Coast of Florida, MSBL moved its Fall Classic to the East Coast for the first time in 2009.  Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and First Data Field in Port St. Lucie joined to host the event for five (5) years.  After relocating to the west coast in 2014, Palm Beach County will once again play host in 2018. 

In addition to home runs and great catches, this event will bring tremendous economic benefits to The Palm Beaches. The influx of visitors is expected to generate nearly $4 million in economic impact while filling approximately 5,000 hotel room nights. 

“Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is thrilled to host the MSBL Fall Classic once again.  This was a “feather in our cap” event for many years.  We are happy that the tournament is returning home to Palm Beach County” said Mike Bauer, General Manager.

 


I’m Happy When I’m Teed Off Golf in
The Palm Beaches

It’s a well-known fact that Palm Beach County is home to some of the  most notable golf courses in the country. It’s also home to successful junior golf programs, making it friendly for visiting families who want to golf together.
 
One of the best examples of Palm Beach County’s successful junior golf program is the reigning U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka, who grew up in Wellington. Growing up, Brooks spent many summer days at West Palm Beach’s Okeeheelee Golf Course, one of the many public-access golf courses in The Palm Beaches. It was at Okeeheelee that Brooks learned how to drive, pitch, chip, and putt the golf ball.
“Growing up at Okeeheelee was a blast!” remembers Brooks. “We would get dropped off at 7:30 every morning and we would get picked up at dark. I learned how to play the game there and it will always hold a special place in my heart.”
 
Sure, there’s Seminole, PGA National, and Jupiter Hills, but it’s the public-access golf courses that fuel the game and nurture future generations of golfers in Palm Beach County.
 
Five of those facilities that strongly cater to junior golfers—both locals and visitors—are owned and operated by Palm Beach County: Okeeheelee Golf Course,Park Ridge Golf Course, Southwinds Golf Course,Osprey Point Golf Course, and the John Prince Golf Learning Center.
The Junior Golf Foundation of America provides basic tournament-level competition during the summer. And there are monthly parent-child nine-hole scramble tournaments on summer Sundays at Southwinds, Osprey Point, and Okeeheelee.
 
“I can’t say enough about the Junior Golf Foundation of America’s junior golf programs at Okeeheelee,” says Brooks. “It was on those golf courses and through those tournaments that I fell in love with the game. I can honestly say that I would not be where I’m at today if those opportunities were not available to me when I was younger.”

Black Men XCEL Summit takes over Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission supported The Black Enterprise Black Men XCEL summit once again from August 29 through September 2nd at PGA National Resort and Spa. There was fun and games, opportunities for growth and networking, leadership sessions, and did I mention FUN?! Labor Day weekend was one to remeber this year. There was an All-Star lineup including, T.D. Jakes, Bishop, Potter’s House Ministries, Malik Yoba, Actor, Musician, Educator, Entrepreneur, Wyclef Jean, Rapper, Musician, Humanitarian and DJ Nasty, Grammy Award Winner, Producer, & DJ just to name a few.

 


USTA BOYS 16's & 18's Clay Court Championships held at the Delray Beach Tennis Center was one to remember. Check out this video incase you missed the action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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