Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio
This is a thee-day lacrosse competition. It is a co-ed lacrosse event power packed with competitive club teams from across North America.
Synapse Sports is thrilled to host the 12th Annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival Jan. 19-20, 2019 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. A record 368 boys’ and girls’ teams – comprised of middle and high school players – are slated to compete on 60 fields in the 2019 event sponsored by 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.”
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. The boys’ component was added in 2011 and it has grown exponentially under the guidance of Boys Director Michael Watson, U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame recipient and former University of Virginia four-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.