Cape Gazette

Friday Editorial

Tourney showcases Cape Region

Jul 11, 2014

What do you get when you combine a well-run tournament called Beach Blast, featuring the booming sport of women’s lacrosse, with excellent facilities and supportive staff at Cape Henlopen High School, and a destination location such as Delaware’s Cape Region, with beautiful beaches, plenty of motels, restaurants and entertainment? The simple answer: a winner.

On a late weekend in June, the Beach Blast lacrosse tournament for high school girls brought a thousand players and their families and friends to the resort area for competition, camaraderie and fun. Not a single parking place was to be had on the grounds of Cape Henlopen High School, where the three-day tournament showcased the artificial turf and well-groomed Bermuda grass fields, along with the other facilities that made the venue such an attractive one for the regional tournament.

The tournament drew more than 100 teams from throughout the mid-Atlantic and spilled over to fields behind the Lewes School on Savannah Road. Its activities were healthy, good for the body and mind, and also served to introduce the attractions of our resort area to many people who might not have previously been aware of them.

Like the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament that brought a solid economic boost to the Cape Region for many years between Christmas and New Year’s - and is in the process of being resurrected - the Beach Blast tournament contributed significantly to the important tourism industry that drives our local economy. A solid economy provides funding to make improvements in the community that keep people coming here.

There are traffic issues that have to be considered, but that is a good problem to have. As with parking, adequate restroom facilities, food and shelter, handling traffic is one of the important considerations that has to be addressed when events like this are discussed.

The success of the Beach Blast tournament shows the broad value to the community of the excellent facilities at Cape and how they can partner with the rest of Delaware’s Cape Region tourism infrastructure for a winning combination.

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