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TAMPA, FL – On Wednesday, June 24, the local sports community will come together for the Tampa Bay’s premier, annual “off-the-field” event, the 5th Annual Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. Hosted by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, programming will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

The Soiree will recognize a year’s worth of local sports properties’ on and off the field achievements, while commemorating leaders and key influencers throughout the Bay Area.

Three awards will spotlight the night. The Freddie Solomon Moral Courage Award is given to a person who shows tremendous courage in the face of adversity. The Tom McEwen Community Advocate of the Year Award is presented to a person or group of people in recognition of their outstanding support and advocacy of sports in Tampa Bay, and the Lee Roy Selmon Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed to an individual(s) that demonstrate a lifetime’s worth of incredible support for the Tampa Bay sports community.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to bring so many first-class sports organizations and talented individuals together to celebrate the incredible impact that sports offers our community,” stated Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.

Former local high school standout and current ESPN personality, Sara Walsh will emcee the Soiree for the second consecutive year. 

The Sneaker Soiree and Budweiser will also crown its third ‘King of Tampa Bay Sports’. The contest allows for one local super fan the opportunity to attend over 200 Tampa Bay home sporting contests in 2015-16.

Bright House Sports Network will broadcast the event for an airing date that has yet to be determined. 620 WDAE, a Clear Channel station, will air the event live in its entirety.

The event is officially SOLD OUT. For additional information on Sneaker Soiree festivities, please visit

Partners for the 2015 Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree include: Budweiser, Bright House Sports Network, 620 WDAE, Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Company Man, Elder Automotive, Moffitt Cancer Center, TECO Energy, Jones Lang LaSalle, DeBartolo Sports and Events, Under Armour, Mainsail Lodging and Development, Modern Business Associates, Premiere Beverage, Outdoor America Images, Hillsborough County, McKibbon Hotel Properties, Pepin Distributing, Northwestern Mutual of North Tampa, Docusource Visual Communications, Grow Financial, Thuzi, LaunchTrack and Betras, Kopp & Harshman, LLC.

Also, be sure find us on Snapchat and Periscope throughout the event! 




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