Replay Tampa Bay Lends A Hand to Local Community

Replay Tampa Bay Lends A Hand to Local Community

TAMPA, Fla. - Tuesday evening, nearly 100 children from the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League (PAL) reaped the benefits of Replay Tampa Bay’s second donation distribution of the season. Taking place at the Lealman Sports Complex in St. Petersburg, Fla., the TBSC, along with members of Elder Automotive Group and the University of South Florida Department of Athletics, handed out new and gently used sporting goods that were immediately put to good use on the playground.

Festivities kicked off at 4:30 p.m. as TBSC Executive Director Rob Higgins, as well as Elder Automotive Group representative Rob Elder, and Director of Media, Communications and Legislative Relations with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Marianne Pasha, introduced the donated equipment and spoke to the crowd on the commitment of the collective group’s positive social and community impact.

Flanked by USF Sun Dolls and cheerleaders, the anxious children received their opportunity to play with the equipment after the brief presentation and did so well into the evening hours.

Elder, the Elder Automotive Group representative, stated, “To see the kids play with the equipment and to see their smile was simply amazing.”

Higgins followed by saying, “The smiles and appreciation from the kids are a true testament to the hard work of our partners on Replay Tampa Bay. We look forward to growing the program from the several hundred sporting goods collected and distributed over the last few years to several thousand items in the near future.”

A sporting goods drive conducted in partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Replay Tampa Bay outreach is designed to assist children in need during the holiday season.

To date, over 350 items have been collected for Replay Tampa Bay. The drive has already surpassed last year’s total of 300 items, and will continue through December 28, 2012.

Click here to view a slideshow of Tuesday’s event.

With one more distribution on tap this holiday season, donations can be made to one of the three listed locations:

Elder Ford of Tampa
9560 North Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612

Jaguar of Tampa
320 East Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612

Saab of Tampa/Tampa Mitsubishi
11608 North Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612

For additional information on Replay Tampa Bay, or to find out more on the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, please visit TampaBaySports.org.