Janaury 2019 Edition

Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee Launches Women's Final Four January Newsletter

The Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee (TBLOC) recently launched the January edition of the TBLOC Women's Final Four newsletter. This monthly feature will highlight significant stories surrounding the community as it prepares to host its third NCAA Women's Final Four in April. The January edition showcases LOC Advisory Committee member, Bemetra Simmons in our "Faces of the Final Four" segment as well as a special "Volunteer Spotlight" featuring Briana Puildo, a three-time NCAA Women's Final Four National Champion. Additionally, we're excited to announce that registration is now open for the Beyond Barriers: Because of Title IX event on February 6. We hope you enjoy this edition.

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U.S. Women's Soccer SheBelieves Cup Tickets are On Sale Now! 

Recently kicking off the "Countdown to the Cup" slate of matches, the U.S. Women’s National Team will travel to Tampa Bay on March 5, 2019 to face-off with Brazil at Raymond James Stadium as part of the SheBelieves doubleheader (Japan vs. England).

This will mark the second time Tampa Bay has hosted the SheBelieves Cup as the USA upended England, 1-0, in 2016.

Countdown to the Cup will run from January to May with the USA playing a total of 10 games – two in Europe followed by eight domestic – before departing for France in pursuit of another World Cup title.

Purchase Your Tickets!

Beyond Barriers Registration Now Open! 

In 2017, leaders from PCA-Tampa Bay, TBSC and WeCOACH (formerly Alliance of Women Coaches) created a local event that marked the 45th anniversary of Title IX and celebrated the landmark legislation. 

The tradition continues this year with the second event in the Beyond Barriers - Because of Title IX series, which will coincide with the 33rd celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a nationally recognized day honoring the extraordinary achievements of girls and women in sports. Beyond Barriers honors yesterday’s leaders whose tireless work has paved the way for today's opportunities. It is the female executives and athletes who have defied expectations, pushed past gender barriers and broken glass ceilings that have helped to create a field of equal play in the sports industry. 

Our lineup of incredible speakers features women with extensive backgrounds in sports who are at the top of their game in their respective professions. Together with our theme of "If you can see her, you can be her," Beyond Barriers is certain to serve as a rallying cry to young girls; to inspire them, through the impact and influence of sport, to follow their dreams with relentless pursuit. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Bay Lightning, Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy, WeCOACH, and WISE Tampa Bay have partnered to take a community-based leadership role that inspires and encourages girls to play and stay in sports. 

Register today!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four Highlighted at Gasparilla Children's Parade

Members of the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee as well as local youth, recently participated in one of Tampa Bay's most storied traditions, the Gasparilla Children's Parade. The event spotlighted April's championship weekend and gave attendees the opportunity to catch some great NCAA Women's Final Four paraphernalia in addition to raising awareness for the event.

Youth and Amateur Competitors Shine at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions and Hillsborough County All-Star High School Games

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in conjunction with Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently hosted a full slate of local youth football programming at Raymond James Stadium on December 15. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions, which celebrated its 24th anniversary (established in 1995), featured four exhibition-style games between the best youth football teams in Hillsborough County. The vision for Game Day of Champions is to reward youth football players, following a successful league campaign, with the opportunity to play a game on the same field as their hometown heroes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star High School Football Game, which celebrated its 20th annual contest, recognized outstanding senior football players and cheerleaders throughout the entire county by providing the unique opportunity to participate under the lights of Raymond James Stadium. Relive the day at the links below. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions Recap

Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star High School Football Game Recap

Endurance Events Headline Event Development Institute Spring

The Event Development Institute is proud to announce a series of family-friendly events set for early 2019. Registration is now open for the MBA 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track. Happening March 8, 2019, the 5K will incorporate a course that follows the actual Firestone Grand Prix race track throughout downtown St. Peteresburg. Registration is now open, so visit GPStPete5K.com and secure your spot today.  



Another great endurance event is set for the following weekend as the Veterans Alternative Copperhead 5K returns to Innisbrook Resort on March 17 as the official 5K of the Valspar Championship. The race course will incorporate a scenic route through the tournament’s iconic Copperhead Course, where PGA pro’s will compete days later, finishing with a post-race party featuring green beer in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Marco's Pizza at the Benchmark Snake Pit Club on the 17th green. Visit Copperhead5K.com to learn more and to register. 


April is highlighted by the seventh annual Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon at Adventure Island on Saturday, April 13. Open to youth ages 6-14, the race, scheduled for April 13, offers participants of all athletic skill levels the opportunity to swim, bike and run through the Busch Gardens water park. Come out and enjoy a memorable morning of friendly competition, Busch Gardens entertainment and so much more!  For additional details and to register your son or daughter, visit TampaBayKidsTriathlon.com.

Upcoming Youth and Amateur Events

January 19-27
Florida Hall of Fame Shoot/Silver Dollar Open
February 16-18
Tampa Presidential Power Play
January 21-23
Coloplast International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament
February 22-24
Gasparilla Distance Classic
January 25-27
2019 ISSA/ISF World Tournament of Champions
February 22-24
Adult Softball Winter Meetings
Febuary 13-18
Gasparilla Volleyball Classic
February 24 - March 31
NCBA/NCSA Spring Training Showcase
February 14-18
Gasparilla Softball Classic
February 27-March 4
2019 Red Bull Tampa Pro
February 15-18
Club Directors League Tournament

Click HERE for a full list of calendar events as well as details on the events above.

Tampa Bay Sports Commission Volunteer Opportunities

The goals of the volunteer program are to provide an enthusiastic and warm welcome to guests visiting the area, provide information to visitors, and contribute to the general atmosphere of excitement surrounding the event. We work hard to ensure that our events are a tremendous success for the student-athletes, community and fans. The premier sporting events rely on the help and support of volunteers, without whom, all of our events could not run. To volunteer for any of our upcoming events, email Tony Diaz at TDiaz@TampaBaySports.org or visit the link below.

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