Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival Set to Host 365 Teams
Annual Tournament Celebrates 10 years in the Valley; Attracts Record 20,000+
Synapse Sports is thrilled to celebrate the 10th Annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival, being held Jan. 14-15, 2017 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. A record 365 boys’ and girls’ teams – comprised of middle and high school players – are slated to compete over 57 fields in the 2017 event co-sponsored by Under Armour and Gatorade. “We knew when we started Sand Storm in 2008 that it had tremendous potential. A warm weather location, state-of-the-art facility, top-notch competition and detailed organization are the ingredients for success,” said Cathy Samaras, found and CEO of Synapse Sports. “Sand Storm lived up to its potential and exceeded expectations since the beginning. Now it has become a destination event for club teams throughout the country as the premier winter tournament on the West Coast.”
Sand Storm began as a girls’ club tournament geared primarily towards clubs from Western States. It has since expanded its reach and now includes a significant number of teams from the Midwest, East Coast and Canada, while 2017 lineup includes a team from Hong Kong! Sand Storm added a boys’ component in 2011 and it has grown exponentially under the guidance of Boys Director Michael Watson, US Lacrosse Hall of Fame recipient and former UVA 4-time All American. “It’s a testament to the overall quality of the event. Every team that participates each year has a great experience and it has spread by word of mouth that Sand Storm is a top-notch tournament in terms of a spectacular venue, precise management and strong competition,” Watson said. “A weekend in Palm Springs is very appealing to the out-of-town teams. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the boys program has progressed.
Each year at Sand Storm a cut-a-thon is held in support of Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long term medical hair loss. Stylists from local salon partner D&G Hair Stories in Palm Desert will be onsite on Saturday January 14th from 11 AM – 3 PM conducting cuts in the LAX MALL / Medjool Lake Main Registration & Vending Tent. Anyone can come donate hair or check out a game – free admission and parking!
Sand Storm enjoys tremendous local support from the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Valley’s local business community. HOST HOTELS include resort properties La Quinta Resort and Club, Renaissance – Indian Wells and Palm Springs, Hyatt – Indian Wells, JW Marriott, Miramonte Resort & Spa, Doubletree Golf Resort, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, The Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Palm Springs, as well as Embassy Suites – La Quinta & Palm Desert, Homewood Suites Palm Desert, Marriott Courtyard – Palm Desert and Palm Springs, Palm Desert’s Residence Inn & Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Rancho Mirage, Palm Spring’s Saguaro and Baymnont Inn and Indio’s Quality Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Royal Plaza Inn. LOCAL SPONSORS include the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Indio, Jules Market and the Wine Emporium in La Quinta, La Quinta Resort & Club, JW Marriot and Westin Mission Hills, as well as the following restaurants: Kaiser Restaurant Group’s Jackalope Ranch & Prime Chop House, Las Casuelas, The Beer Hunter Sports Bar & Grill, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, La Quinta Cliffhouse and onsite offerings including the Date Shed, the Tack Room Tavern and the Cantina at El Dorado Polo Club.
For more information about the 2017 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival visit the event website: www.sandstormlacrosse.com