Spring Training Extends Beyond Baseball for Palm Beach County

March 3, 2011


        Palm Beach County Sports Commission



March 3, 2011

Contact: Kimberly Whetsel, Director of Marketing




Spring Training Extends Beyond Baseball for Palm Beach County


WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Major League Baseball is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “spring training”.  However, one of the largest spring training events in the country is coming to Palm Beach County and it isn’t baseball and it isn’t at Roger Dean Stadium.


The fifteenth annual SpringFling women’s lacrosse event will be taking place at Lake Lytal Park from March 7-March 18, 2011.  SpringFling is the largest spring training event in the country for women’s collegiate lacrosse and secondary prep schools.  Teams will travel to Palm Beach County during their spring break to conduct scrimmages and official NCAA contests throughout the 11 day event.


This will mark the eighth year the event has taken place in Palm Beach County.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission worked in partnership with Gene DeLorenzo from GKD SportsVision of Vermont to bring this event to Palm Beach County after spending seven years in Panama City, FL.  “The event moved to West Palm Beach to take advantage of better weather, a larger airport and better field space,” said Event Director, Gene DeLorenzo.


Since its inception in 1997, SpringFling has developed a rich legacy of collegiate spring training practices, scrimmages and official NCAA games.  Highly successful collegiate teams, including several NCAA Division II and Division III national champions have visited Palm Beach County as part of SpringFling.  Over 500 teams with nearly 17,000 athletes and spectators have traveled to Palm Beach County throughout the event history.  This year’s event will showcase NCAA teams as well as several prep schools.  


For a complete schedule of events and additional information, please visit www.springfling1.com.


About 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 supports 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 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards.  For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.




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