David Deal Playday Celebrates 60th Anniversary

ftThe City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 60th Annual David Deal Playday with a series of events from July 29 – August 10. All Playday events are free and open to the public with the exception of the 2nd Annual David Deal Playday Golf Tournament.

Playday was introduced in 1953 by Joseph C. Carter, the first director of Sunland Park (renamed Carter Park in 1994), as an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale youth to participate in track and field events. In 1954, the event was renamed David Deal Playday in honor of a Broward County educator and dedicated community activist. Today, David Deal Playday has grown into a weeklong celebration with multiple events including a golf tournament, a teen concert, basketball tournaments, a jazz concert, a boxing tournament, a championship swim meet and of course, the legendary David Deal Playday Kids Day.

Schedule of Events


Teen 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

July 29-30 • 2 PM – 9 PM

Joseph C. Carter Park Gymnasium, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard

Come as a team or make one when you get here! Boys and girls will compete separately in high-energy, half-court games geared especially for the serious ball players. Ages 13-17.

Legacy Tribute at the Jazz Café

July 31 • 7:30 PM – 10 PM

Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard

2013 Legacy Honorees are John Gray, Herman Pittman and posthumously Butch Ingram and Buddy Wilcox. Entertainment will be provided by A1 Music and comedian Larry Dogg.

Boxing Under the Stars

July 31 • 7 PM – 11 PM

Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard

Contender’s Boxing Club, USBA and the City of Fort Lauderdale proudly present the 4th Annual Playday Boxing event featuring South Florida’s most talented boxers competing for their titles.

60th Anniversary Celebration

August 3 • 12 PM – 7 PM

Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard

Old School Playday Family Reunion

This historic day includes a cook-out, bake-off, wrapping of the Maypole, Cake Walk, and live music by the Larry Dogg Band, Antonia Jenae, Moonchild, Eloquence, and Randy Corinthian.

Playday Kids Zone

Let the games begin! Olympic sports, novelty competitions, table games, and wacky water sports are just a few of the highlights!

playAll Star Shootout

Basketball enthusiasts have the opportunity to compete in the 2-Ball Competition, 3-Point Contest, and an Old School Shootout.

Teen Summer Jam

The fun includes a photo booth, game truck, rock climbing wall, live hip-hop performances, talent competition and more. The pool will be open all day so come prepared to splash!

2nd Annual Playday Golf Tournament

August 10 • 8 AM – 4 PM

Osswald Park, 2220 N.W. 21 Avenue

Our 2nd annual 9-hole golf tournament will highlight local golf legends. Prizes will also be awarded for closest-to-pin and putting contests. Refreshments will be served. Fee $10.

Playday Championship Swim Meet

\August 10 • 11 AM – 2 PM

play2Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, 501 Seabreeze Boulevard

Tri- county summer swim leagues are invited to compete in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and team relays.

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