Every year, since 2004, Hilton Anaheim has participated in the annual Hilton Regional Softball Tournament.
This year, nine teams from eight Hilton properties participated, including, Doubletree Anaheim/Orange, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton San Diego Bayfront (2 teams), Hilton Costa Mesa, Hilton Glendale, Hilton LAX, Embassy Suites Anaheim South, and La Quinta Resort & Club.
The tournament was held at the Big League Dreams facility in West Covina, CA, on Saturday, August 28th. All nine teams played 3 games. The top four teams advanced to the semi-finals.
Hilton Anaheim vs. Embassy Suites Anaheim South
Hilton Glendale vs. La Quinta Resort & Club
Hilton Anaheim vs. La Quinta Resort & Club
After five games of play, Hilton Anaheim beat La Quinta Resort & Club, in the championship game, with a final score of 19-13, and brought the trophy back to Hilton Anaheim.
This year, the “Geoff Chao Memorial Trophy” was added. This award honors the memory of Geoff Chao, who was a dear friend, long standing participant, organizer and fierce competitor of the Hilton Tournament. Geoff passed away in May 2010, while running in the OC half Marathon. His name and his memory will always be affiliated with the tournament, with this trophy, which will change hands each year to the winning team. The entire Chao family was present to present the trophy to Hilton Anaheim this year.
Hilton Anaheim has won the Hilton Regional Softball Tournament in 2005, 2007, and 2010, and they look forward to defending the trophy again in 2011!