TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, and Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will all be on hand as Event Co-Chairs when the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) hosts the inaugural Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree: A Celebration of Excellence in Sports Business. The excitement takes place Thursday, June 2 at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre and will mark the first time the Tampa Bay community has honored the “off the field” business accomplishments of each of the local sports properties and it will also feature an “owners’ roundtable discussion” featuring each of the three franchise owners.
“We are excited to bring so many elite-level sports organizations and individuals together to recognize the positive impact that this industry has on the Tampa Bay community,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
The evening will include a pre-function VIP party, dinner, drinks and a televised awards ceremony. During the event, awards will be given to recognize organizations, individuals, athletes, facilities, and campaigns that have demonstrated excellence in sports throughout the Tampa Bay community.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this inaugural event and help support the area’s sports industry and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission,” said Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “As the leader for youth and amateur sports in Tampa Bay, the Sports Commission’s work leaves a lasting impact on our community, not to mention the St. Pete Times Forum and our franchise.”
The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works diligently to impact the Tampa Bay area both socially and economically through sports.
“Our family and the Buccaneers recognize the importance of the Sports Commission and their impact on our area’s youth initiatives,” said Bryan Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the Commission to foster the ongoing social and economic development of our community.”
The awards presentation will be televised on Bright House Sports Network, with a 90-minute tape delay for production purposes. The event will air live on the radio on Clear Channel’s 620am WDAE.
“The Rays organization and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission share an unwavering commitment to our region’s youth,” said Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. “We are excited to be a part of this inaugural event that will enhance youth and amateur sports programs and provide resources for many of these athletes to further their educations.”
The VIP Reception begins at 6 p.m. and the event program begins at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $100, and table and sponsorship opportunities are available. Partners for the event already include: Tampa Bay & Company, Saint Leo University, Anheuser Busch, Bright House Sports Network, Clear Channel Radio, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Digital, Fifth Third Bank, Humana, Kane’s Furniture, LV Thompson Foundation, Jones Lang LaSalle, Powerade, DeBartolo Sports and Entertainment, Under Armour, Urban Coast, Waste Management, and Outdoor America Images.
The Sneaker Soiree is the start to a month-long series of events in Tampa Bay highlighting the area’s passion for sports. On June 6, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission will host its annual Golf Tournament, followed by the CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 11, and the TBSC Annual Sports Partners Meeting on June 29.