First Responder Games to Celebrate Heroes, Generate Revenue in Palm Beach County
1 Jun, 2021
For nearly two weeks this June, Palm Beach County will become the competition hub for our nation's heroes. Police, firefighters, military, first responders, federal agents, and emergency medical personnel will gather to compete in various sports in the First Responder Games. This year marks the third time in seven years that the Palm Beach County Sports Commission is hosting the event.
The First Responder Games, scheduled for June 8-20, 2021, is an Olympic-style competition that will take place across several venues throughout Palm Beach County. This multi-sport event will attract over 2,500 first responders from across the United States competing in 30 different sports, including basketball, softball, soccer, flag football, golf, ice hockey, fishing, archery, tennis, pickleball, swimming, volleyball, bowling, billiards, darts, racquetball, sporting clays, powerlifting, and cycling.
Multiple venues throughout Palm Beach County will be utilized to accommodate the variety of events. The Gardens North County District Park will host several sports, including soccer, flag football, tennis, and pickleball. Other venues include Okeeheelee Park, John Prince Park, PGA National Park, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Wellington National Golf Club, Madison Green Country Club, Greenacres Bowl, and Palm Beach Ice Works. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Palm Beach Gardens will serve as a venue for many of the event's indoor sports.
The First Responder Games will create significant tourism and economic impact for Palm Beach County. This year's event is expected to provide a boost to Palm Beach County's hospitality industry with a projection of over 2,000 hotel room nights and $1.4 million in total economic impact.
“The First Responder Games represents a defining moment for our sports commission as we are recovering from a pandemic that severely compromised the sports industry in Palm Beach County and across the nation," said George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “This event will bring players for 30 different sports while creating a tourism impact across The Palm Beaches. Moreover, in hosting the First Responder Games, our sports commission can celebrate heroes that dedicate their lives to public service and endured a year that brought so many challenges to first responders."
For more information on the First Responder Games and to view a complete list of events and their schedules, visit www.firstrespondergames.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 Award program, the Palm Beach County 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.