PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2017) – Kaboom! The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is pleased to announce a slam dunk when the U.S. Amateur Basketball Boys State Championship travels to Charlotte County June 2 – 4, 2017. Various gymnasiums throughout the county will host the state tournament and between 60 – 70 teams are anticipated to compete. Participating athletes are from the 9th – 12th grades. 

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach VCB is partnering with Charlotte County’s local club, Florida Storm Elite Basketball, to host the event. After all, teamwork makes the dream work, and the VCB is aiding with housing logistics, public relations and financial assistance to help offset the bid fee. Event organizers anticipate the tournament will generate more than 500 hotel room nights for the area. Prior to landing in Charlotte County, the U.S. Amateur Basketball Boys State Championship was on Florida’s Treasure Coast for two years with 55 teams competing in 2016 and 68 teams in 2015. 

The basketball madness in Charlotte County began in March and continues through the state championship in June when the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau assists the Florida Storm and other U.S. Amateur Basketball tournaments with housing logistics. These included the Boys’ Charlotte County Shootout March 24-26 and the upcoming Boys’ SWFL Easter Classic, April 14 – 16, May 27 & 28 Girls’ SWFL Showcase and Boys SWFL Last Chance Qualifier for Div. I & II and 3rd-8th grade simultaneously with the June Championship. Admission for the April and May tournaments is $10 a day for adults, $5 for children over 6 years old and kids under 6 are free. Ticket prices for the June tournament will be announced soon. Additional information about the U.S. Amateur Basketball Boys State Championship can be found online at www.flahoops.org

Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.

Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager                                  
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau             
(941) 743-1900

Sean Bailey
Florida Storm Elite Basketball
(941) 875-4886