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Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival to Host 368 Teams at Empire Polo Club

Synapse Sports will host the 11th Annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival on January 13-14 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 2018 event sponsored by Gatorade. 

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, US Lacrosse Hall of Fame recipient and former UVA 4-time All American.  

Each year at Sand Storm, a cut-a-thon is held in support of Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long term medical hair loss. Stylists from local salon partner, D&G Hair Stories, will be onsite on Saturday January 13th from 11 AM – 3 PM conducting cuts in the LAX MALL vending area maintained in the Medjool Lake Tent. Anyone can come donate hair or check out a game. Admission and parking are free.

For more information about the 2018 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival visit