Palm Beach County Sports Commission Attracts
Eight Sporting Events to Palm Beach County
Donald P. Dufresne, President of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and a partner in the law firm, Greenspoon Marder, has announced that the Board of Directors of the Organization has approved financial support of over $45,000 to eight sporting events scheduled to take place from May – September, 2009 in Palm Beach County.
The sporting events are projected to generate an estimated 10,900 hotel room nights and have an estimated economic impact in excess of $5 million. Dufresne said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide support to these sporting events that should have a significant impact on the Palm Beach County tourism economy, especially during our non-peak tourism season.”
The events supported by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission are:
Palm Beach County will host the prestigious 12th World Croquet Federation (WCF) World Championships from May 9-17, 2009. The event will take place at several croquet facilities, including the National Croquet Center, which is the largest croquet facility in world. The top 80 players in the world will compete for the ultimate championship in their sport. This is the second time the event has taken place in the United States, and the first time it has taken place in Florida. The event is expected to generate over $250,000 in economic impact and create over 600 room nights for Palm Beach County hotels.
The Lady Gator Elite Invitational will embark on its second campaign in Palm Beach County in 2009. This American Softball Association (ASA) sanctioned event will take place on June 12-14, 2009 at South County Regional Park and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Over twenty (20) elite softball teams will be invited from across the country to showcase their skills at this Invitational. The Sports Commission believes this event has great growth potential and will continue to contribute to tourism in Palm Beach County for years to come. The event is expected to generate over $100,000 in economic impact and create over 400 room nights for Palm Beach County hotels.
Player’s International Management Inc. will host two amateur tennis tournaments in South Palm Beach County this summer. The USTA Boy’s 16’s & 18’s Clay Court Nationals is the highest level junior tennis tournament in the country for boy's 16u & 18u divisions. This event will be held from July 11-19, 2009, at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The draw consists of 192 participants in each age division (384 total), consisting of the highest-ranked players in the US, competing in singles and doubles competition. The event will include a College Expo, which will bring the top college tennis coaches in the country. This tournament provides a great forum for the athletes to compete and potentially earn college scholarships. The event is expected to generate over $1 million in economic impact and create over 1,000 room nights for Palm Beach County hotels.
The USTA Summer Smash Regional Tennis Championships will take place from August 29 – September 1, 2009, at several Palm Beach County tennis facilities, including the Delray Beach Tennis Center, the Delray Swim & Racquet Center, Boynton Beach Tennis Center, South County Regional Park, Boca Pointe Country Club, and Boca West Country Club. The event consists of 512 players competing in 4 boys and girls age divisions (12s, 14s, 16s, & 18s). The event is projected to create over $500,000 of economic impact and over 500 room nights for Palm Beach Countyhotels.
The Under Armour Southeast Wood Bat Tournament returns to Roger Dean Stadium for the third consecutive year on June 4-8, 2009. The event attracts high-level 18 & under travel teams from across the United States. It is one of the few amateur tournaments that utilize wooden bats (just like the pros) which results in a large number of Major League Baseball scouts that will observe from a distance. The event will generate over 400 room nights and nearly $200,000 in economic impact.
The USA Baseball 16 & Under Championships will take place on June 23-30, 2009, at Roger Dean Stadium and the Santaluces Athletic Complex. This will mark the 9th year the tournament has taken place in Palm Beach County. The event fields 72 teams and over 1,200 athletes from across the country. This is the premier event for the 15-16 year old age group. USA Baseball uses this tournament as an exclusive selection vehicle for the Youth National Team Trials. This is one of the largest tourism-generating sport events of the year, creating over $2 million in economic impact and over 4,000 room nights.
The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is one of the largest and well-known junior golf tournaments in the world, and has a long history in Palm Beach County. PGA National will once again host the tournament from July 23- August 2, 2009. This event attracts approximately 650 youth competitors from the United States, Canada, and 30 other nations. Former Optimist alumni include superstars such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els. The event is expected to contribute 3,000 room nights and just under $1 million of economic impact for Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County is planning to host the Inaugural Big Shots Palm Beach Basketball Tournament this summer. This event is scheduled for July, 2009, and would take place in several of the basketball facilities in West Palm Beach. The event expected to be developed as a college exposure tournament, allowing high school all- stars the opportunity to compete against their peers and showcase their skills to college coaches. The event has the potential to attract 80 teams and generate over 1,000 room nights for Palm Beach County.