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Event History

Snowbird Baseball Classic:

Initiated in 2009, this annual event attracts dozens of NCAA Division I and III teams every February and March.  Teams that have participated in this event include the Ohio State University, University of Michigan, the Air Force Academy, Notre Dame University, University of Iowa, West Virginia University, and many other Division I schools as well as Marietta College, a perennial Division III powerhouse and 2012 National Champion.  The success of this event has been instrumental behind several upgrades to both North Charlotte and South County Regional Parks, including the construction of an additional collegiate caliber field at North Charlotte Regional to accommodate the event’s expansion.  In addition to this event, our baseball venues have successfully hosted various tournaments for other organizations including USSSA, B.E.S.T. Baseball, IBC, Perfect Game, and AAU.

Snowbird Baseball Classic


Charlotte Harbor Regatta:

Since 2010 this regatta has taken advantage of the 270 square miles of water in Charlotte Harbor to host one of the fastest-growing regattas in the state.  Each year the event hosts sailors in approximately 10 different classes and in 2013 hosted the Lasers Midwinter Championships in conjunction with the event.

Charlotte Harbor Regatta


AAU Fall State Gymnastics Championships:

The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center has proven to be an ideal set-up for this event as well as other gymnastics, cheerleading, and martial arts events.  The facility features 20,000 square feet of columnless space and is conveniently located within walking distance of three hotels and dozens of shops and restaurants.

AAU Fall State Gymnastics Championships


Sugar Bert Boxing National Championship Qualifier:

Sugar Bert Boxing is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions National Qualifiers and Championships, attract thousands of amateur boxers, coaches, and families annually. Their vision is to increase exposure to up and coming amateur boxers.

Boxing Event at CHECC


BMX State Championship Qualifier, 2015:

Charlotte BMX, which oversees one of the best BMX tracks in the State of Florida, has planned and organized multiple statewide events with most attracting over 700 riders.

BMX State Championship


EVP National Pro-Am Volleyball Tour:

The EVP tour aims to support beach volleyball events that engage families, athletes, communities, and sponsors in a great day at the beach. This past May, TT’s Tiki Bar in Punta Gorda, hosted the Dig the Sun Pro-Am event on their very own, 2 professional volleyball courts.

Volleyball tournament


AAU Pickleball Junior and Adult Nationals:

The sport of Pickleball is fairly new to the AAU. It was introduced to the Amateur Athletic Union in 2017, and only started with 1 AAU membership, but has since grown to more than 500 memberships with most being primarily from the state of Florida.

Peace River Picklers in Action



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About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "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." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; call 941-743-1900 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at