Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 22, 2015
Softball Makes a Big Impact in Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County, FL- Will be home to one of the largest statewide Girls’ Fastpitch Softball tournaments taking place in Florida this Fourth of July weekend. Softball will create excitement on diamonds across the County and off the field for the local economy. More than 140 teams and over 1,700 athletes will play softball during the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Florida Girls’ Fastpitch Softball Championships, which will take place on July 3-5 at multiple venues located countywide.
Considered to be one of the most prestigious and coveted softball tournaments in Florida, the USSSA Florida Girls’ Fastpitch Softball Championships will bring all three skill divisions (A,B,& C) to Palm Beach County, resulting in the incredibly high number of participating teams. In order to accommodate this unprecedented tournament, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission partnered with Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation to secure seven different facilities offering a total of 26 diamonds. These venues include John Prince Park in Lake Worth (three diamonds), Lake Charleston Park in Lake Worth (four diamonds), Caloosa Park in Boynton Beach (four diamonds), Lake Lytal Park in West Palm Beach (four diamonds), Okeeheelee Park in Royal Palm Beach (four diamonds), Seminole Palms Park in Royal Palm Beach (five diamonds), and South County Regional Park in Boca Raton (two diamonds). The tournament includes a variety of age groups that range from 8U to 18U competing in the various skill divisions. The A division will feature the top softball players in the state.
These prestigious softball championships and their massive collection of teams will create an enormous economic benefit for Palm Beach County. The event is expected to generate over $1.5 million of economic impact and nearly 2,000 hotel room nights. Hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, and attractions countywide will be filled with the ladies of softball and their families.
Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 different sports across the United States and Puerto Rico. USSSA is a prominent organization for the sport of softball in Florida. USSSA has 900 registered teams in Florida, the most of any softball organization
Palm Beach County has a rich history with the sport of softball, hosting some of the game’s leading organizations and events. USSSA is very familiar with Palm Beach County, its State A division took place in Palm Beach County in 2010 while the B division visited from 2011 to 2013. The 2015 event will represent the first year that Palm Beach County has hosted all three divisions of this USSSA softball championships.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has developed strong relationships within the softball community and has supported a robust portfolio of softball tournaments. Softball continues to experience one of the fastest growing participation levels for sports in the United States and is a major contributor to the sports tourism industry that flourishes in Palm Beach County.
For more information, please visit floridausssafastpitch.com
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the commission with sports organizations and event owners. The commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com