Sports Tourism Updates

McAllen continues to prove itself as a premier destination for sports tourism in Texas.

The recently opened McAllen Youth Baseball Complex hosted C&C Sports Winter Nationals Tournament March 8-9, after being rescheduled due to inclement weather in January. The 40-team tournament saw 10 visiting teams coming from Laredo and Corpus Christi.

The next tournament with teams traveling from outside the Rio Grande Valley will be held on May 4-5, 2019.  The USSSA-sanctioned baseball tournament is expected to have 40 teams participating in the Cinco de Mayo Tournament.

Cinco de Mayo weekend is turning out to be a sports-driven weekend, with the local Tigres Soccer Club set to host its International Soccer Tournament at the McAllen Sports Park. The event will have an estimated 70 teams vying for the championship, with 30 teams coming from Mexico.

In a partnership with McAllen Independent School District, the UIL 5A Region IV Boys & Girls Golf Championships will be held in McAllen April 12-13, 2019. The state-qualifying tournament will take place at the Palm View and McAllen Country Club Golf Courses.

Also in April, Atlas Soccer will host its Spring Tournament April 20-21, 2019. The annual tournament is expected to draw 60 teams with 20 visiting teams from Mexico. In other sports news, the Youth Fast Pitch Softball Park is expected to be ready for play August 2019, and the CVB team is actively seeking partnerships with local tournament directors and the McAllen Boys & Girls Club to make the tournament-quality park a destination for visiting teams.

McAllen to Host American Petroleum Institute’s 48th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

The Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute (RGV – API) has selected McAllen’s Palm View Golf Course to host its 48th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament. The tournament is slated for April 13 – 14, 2019.

“We are a service-oriented, nonprofit organization made up of individuals in oilfield related businesses,” said Chris Parras, President of RGV – API. “Our main goal is to raise funds for college scholarships.”

Through a number of events, RGV – API members aim to use the resources of the Valley’s oil industry to place money back into the community. The group organizes fundraising events throughout the year to support the scholarships they provide to college-bound students.

“RGV – API members believe in investing in local students,” explained Vice President Roy Morin. “For members, making college possible for as many students as possible not only raises their prospects, but the prospects of the region as a whole.”

For scholarship information or related questions, please contact: Chris Parras 956-443-4567, Roy Morin 956-802-3890, or Arnold Perez 956-607-5673.

RGV – API’s 48th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament is expected to be attended by approximately 160 local and state-wide members, generating an estimated $56,000 for local businesses. 

“We are honored to once again have been selected as the host city for this noteworthy fundraising event,” said Lisa Ramirez, Sales Manager for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our main goal when serving groups and associations is to help make their events profitable and memorable. In this case, to support RGV – API’s goal in making higher education possible for more Rio Grande Valley students.”

If you are curious about McAllen being a profitable and memorable location for your organizations next conference or event, contact the McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau at (956) 682-2871, to find out.