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H.S. Beach volleyball jamboree will open Hickory Point athletics center

The new Hickory Point Beach Athletics Center will debut Feb. 23. // Lake County photo

Dig it! High school beach volleyball is back, and players and fans can enjoy it at the better-than-ever Hickory Point Recreational Park.

Lake County commissioners, Visit Lake, and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Hickory Point Beach Athletics Center, a news release states. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 9am Saturday, Feb. 23, at 27341 State Road 19, Tavares.

Immediately following the ribbon-cutting, the center will host the 2019 Sunshine State Athletic Conference High School Jamboree, which is the season kickoff for high school beach volleyball teams across Florida. Teams will compete against schools from outside their respective districts, and athletes and coaches also will receive training.

“Hickory Point has become the sporting destination we envisioned four years ago,” Tim Sullivan, Lake County commissioner and Tourist Development Council chairman, says in the release. “This athletics center will pay for itself many times over, attracting athletes and their families to enjoy sporting in Lake County and encouraging them to discover why we are ‘Real Florida. Real Close.’”

The $1.8 million facility, fully funded through Lake County’s tourist development tax, will support Florida’s largest permanent sand volleyball complex, as well as soccer fields, fishing docks, and nature trails, at Hickory Point on Little Lake Harris. The center includes a clubhouse, locker rooms, meeting space, training room, officials’ room, concessions, and public restrooms. It is designed to attract additional tournaments to Lake and increase sports tourism in the area.

“We will be able to build on the momentum established since the sand volleyball complex opened in July 2014 and enhance our future local, regional, national, and international events,” says Steve Bishop, executive director and president of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball.  “The support and shared vision by Lake County staff and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners has been extraordinary.”

For more information about the grand opening, call the Visit Lake office at 352.343.3918.