The Palm Beach County Convention Center will be the center of Florida’s amateur sports universe as more than 2,500 athletes, coaches and attendees will participate in sports at the Sunshine State Games - Palm Beach County Festival. The Florida Sports Foundation is partnering with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to bring the Sunshine State Games (SSG) to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on June 18-19. Now entering its 37th year (1980-2016), the Sunshine State Games is an amateur sports tradition in Florida and nationwide. The mission of the Games is to provide quality competition for Florida’s amateur athletes of all ages.
The Sunshine State Games is an Olympic-Style competition. The Palm Beach County Convention Center will be transformed into a sports palace by hosting a collection of indoor sports, which includes: wrestling, taekwondo, judo, karate, weightlifting, and fencing. Both male and female athletes will travel from all parts of Florida to compete in a variety of skill levels and age groups (youth to adult).
No other venue among those on the 2016 Sunshine State Games calendar of events will host as many sports, with as many athletes as the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Nearly the entire building will be utilized to host this prestigious event. Wrestling, taekwondo, judo, karate and weightlifting will take place in the exhibit hall (100,000 square feet). Fencing will take place in the ballroom (25,000 square feet).
In addition to the six sports taking place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the Sunshine State Games will also bring its BMX Festival to Palm Beach County. The BMX competition will take place at the Okeeheelee BMX Track. Approximately 200 youth and adult riders from across Florida will compete in a variety of skill divisions that range from novice to professional.
The Sunshine State Games, now in its fourth decade, is the nation’s oldest State Games and is Florida’s largest and longest standing multi-sport festival. The Sunshine State Games are conducted under the auspices of the Florida Sports Foundation, a direct-support organization of the State of Florida. Most competitions are sanctioned or recognized by the Olympic Governing Body for that sport.
The Sunshine State Games and its visitors will create a significant tourism impact during Palm Beach County’s shoulder season. The amateur athletes and their families will produce a high volume of hotel room nights and considerable economic impact for Palm Beach County’s economy.
“Through our partnership with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, we have the opportunity to transform one of the county’s finest facilities into an outstanding venue for a multitude of sports,” said Stephen Rodriguez, Sr. Vice President of the Florida Sports Foundation. “As always, the focus of the Sunshine State Games is to provide athletes with a first-class stage on which to perform.
Palm Beach County will be a hotbed for lacrosse during the summer of 2016. During the month of June, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission will support three amateur lacrosse events that will bring more than 190 teams and 2,800 athletes to the Palm Beaches. The Bash at the Beach, the Florida Lacrosse Cup, and the Florida United Lacrosse Cup Series will showcase the best of lacrosse in Florida.
The Bash at the Beach, a youth lacrosse tournament for boys and girls, will take place at the Seacrest Soccer Complex and St. Joseph’s School in Delray Beach on June 4-5. This event will feature over 50 teams and 700 athletes. Age groups extend from under 9 to high school ages. Teams will travel from across Florida and Georgia.
The inaugural Florida Lacrosse Cup, sanctioned by US Lacrosse, is a newly created youth lacrosse tournament for high school boys that will take place on June 18-19. This tournament will be held in conjunction with the Florida Launch, which has scheduled a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) game on June 18. The Florida Lacrosse Cup will utilize the Seacrest Soccer Complex and Atlantic High School in Delray Beach. Over 60 teams and 900 athletes will travel from across Florida. All participating players and coaches will receive a ticket for the Florida Launch vs Charlotte Hounds, MLL game at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton.
Part of the Florida United Lacrosse Cup Series, the Palm Beach Blast attracts more than 80 teams and 1,200 athletes. The event will take place on June 11-12 at Village Park in Wellington. High School and Middle School players will compete at advanced levels against other elite programs from across Florida. This boys’ lacrosse tournament consists of a wide range of age groups (9U-19U). The Florida Lacrosse Cup Series is a first-of-its-kind event unlike any other offered in the United States. Created in 2009, the concept takes lacrosse competition to an entirely new level by providing skilled lacrosse players an opportunity to compete in a state-wide series of high-quality off-season lacrosse tournaments.
These tournaments will offer Palm Beach County more than exciting lacrosse action. The sport of lacrosse will create a significant tourism impact for the local economy during the summer. The amateur athletes and their families will occupy hotels and generate visitor spending for Palm Beach County’s hospitality industry.
Palm Beach County will be home to one of the most admired amateur baseball events in the United States. In partnership with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, USA Baseball will host its National Team Championships at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter and the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana from June 16-30, 2016. Over 110 teams consisting of nearly 2,000 athletes from across the nation will contend for championships in the 14U, 15U, and 17U age groups. This event serves as the East National Team Championship, which takes place simultaneously with the USA Baseball’s West National Team Championship in Arizona.
USA Baseball will conduct its National Team Championships over 14 days in 2016. The 17U and 14U tournament will take place on June 16-23 while the 15U tournament is slated for June 23-30. More than 350 baseball games will take place at Roger Dean Stadium and the Santaluces Athletic Complex during the two-week stretch. The event will mark the third consecutive year that USA Baseball brings its National Team Championships for all of its age groups to the Palm Beaches.
The USA Baseball brand creates a sense of patriotism and national pride. USA Baseball uses their National Team Championships to select individuals for the USA Baseball 15U National Team, and the 14U and 17U National Team Development Program. USA Baseball scouts will invite players from the 14U, 15U, and 17U age groups to attend their tryouts in Cary, North Carolina. The USA Baseball National Teams for each age group will be selected from the pool of athletes recruited during the National Team Championships. The 15U National Team represents the United States during international competition, including the World Baseball Softball Confederation 15U Baseball World Cup.
The USA Baseball National Team Championships will be the largest amateur baseball tournament taking place in Palm Beach County this summer. In addition to home runs, great catches and fastballs, the USA Baseball National Team Championships will bring a tremendous economic impact to Palm Beach County. The two weeks of baseball games is expected to generate over 6,000 hotel room nights and $4 million in direct visitor spending.
Since 1978, USA Baseball has been the National Governing Body (NGB) for its sport, presiding over 12 million amateur baseball players annually. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). USA Baseball is also responsible for promoting and developing the game of baseball on the grassroots level, both nationally and internationally.
USA Baseball has made the Palm Beaches its home for 16 consecutive years. The event is a significant contributor to sports business impacting the tourism industry, and promoting Palm Beach County as the premier youth baseball destination in the United States.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with the Florida Badminton Association to host the USA Badminton National Championship on June 3-5, 2016 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. As one of the most prestigious annual badminton events in the United States, the USA Badminton National Championship will showcase the best American men and women badminton players, including members on the United States Olympic Team, which will compete for medals at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This event will capture the Olympic Spirit for Palm Beach County. As the sport’s national governing body, one of USA Badminton’s primary objectives is to determine and manage the United States’ Olympic Team. Hosting this event in 2016 is particularly special, because it will take place immediately prior to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Since 1972, badminton has been an Olympic sport. In fact, badminton is the only sport featured in the Olympic Games that has a mixed doubles event.
This event not only represents the first USA Badminton National Championship to take place in Palm Beach County, but it also represents its debut in Florida. The USA Badminton National Championships, which traditionally take place on the west coast of the United States, has only be held on the east coast once in the last 20 years. Don’t miss this historic event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The USA Badminton National Championship is free and open to the public. Competition begins on Friday, June 3rd, from 6:00PM - 10:00PM. Competition will resume on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00AM - 8:00PM and will conclude on Sunday, June 5th, 10:00AM - 3:00PM.