TAMPA, Fla. – Concluding the 2012 holiday season, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in conjunction with Elder Automotive and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is proud to announce the successful conclusion to Replay Tampa Bay, the annual sporting goods drive that assists youth in need during the holiday season.
Collecting over 500 new and gently used sporting good items throughout the months of November and December, children of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, Metropolitan Ministries, and the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League benefited from the campaign as each of these donations brought the joy of sports to each of the local Tampa Bay communities.
Olga Stirrup, the Executive Director at the Family Enrichment Center, was appreciative of the group’s efforts, “Anytime you can corral a child’s attention for five seconds, some type of impact will occur. On that day, it is certain a positive impact occurred in the memories and the futures of the children present. It was an opportunity to meet some of their “heroes” and understand that the sports equipment that they were the recipients of, are not only for playing, but can very well be a way of shaping their futures and their lives.”
Some of those ‘heroes’ involved with Replay Tampa Bay include Buccaneers’ 2012 first round draft pick Mark Barron, in addition to Gerald McCoy, and a host of other Bucs’ players.
Eclipsing the 2011 total of 300 donations, more than half of the over 500 items collected this season were new. This benchmark is only expected to rise as the organizations look to make even larger strides in 2013.
A special thanks to Elder Automotive and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their efforts in ensuring the successful impact on the local community, and to USF Athletics for hosting the drive drop sites.
To view a short video recap of Replay Tampa Bay click here. Also, to hear what Elder Automotive Representative Rob Elder had to say at a recent donation site, click here. Photos of the drive can be seen on the TBSC website.
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