TAMPA, FL (via Tampa Bay Sports Commission) – On Wednesday, June 18, the Tampa Bay community will come together to recognize local sports business excellence at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission’s (TBSC) 4th Annual Tampa Bay Sneaker Soiree. Co-chairing this year’s Soiree are Tampa Bay Rays’ Manager, Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ General Manager, Jason Licht and Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach, Jon Cooper. The Soiree will be held at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre with programming beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Soiree will highlight a year’s worth of local sports properties’ on and off the field achievements, while commemorating a series of Tampa Bay leaders and influencers whose impact has been felt community-wide.
Three chief honors will spotlight each of these awardees as they reflect the persona of the individual that the award is named after. The Freddie Solomon Moral Courage Award is given annually to a person who shows tremendous courage in the face of adversity. The Tom McEwen Community Advocate of the Year Award is given annually 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 given annually to an individual(s) that demonstrate a lifetime’s worth of incredible support for the Tampa Bay sports community. The Soiree’s 2014 recipients include:
Gavin Lambert: The Freddie Solomon Moral Courage Award
Jeff Adams: The Tom McEwen Community Advocate of the Year Award
Derrick Brooks: The Lee Roy Selmon Lifetime Achievement Award
“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.
The Sneaker Soiree will also crown its second ‘Budweiser Presents King of Tampa Bay Sports’. The raffle contest allows for one local super fan the opportunity to attend over 200 Tampa Bay home sporting contests in 2014-15.
Bright House Sports Network will telecast the event live for an airing date that has yet to be determined. 620 WDAE, a Clear Channel station, will also air the event live in its entirety.
A limited number of tickets for the Soiree are still available for purchase by visiting www.TampaBaySneakerSoiree.com.
Partners for the 2014 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, Kane’s Furniture, 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, Ambassador Limousine, Betras, Kopp & Harshman, LLC and Wells Fargo.
For additional information, please visit the official home of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, www.TampaBaySports.org, or follow us on Twitter @SportsTampaBay. All media inquiries can be directed to Michael Farrant, Tampa Bay Sports Commission Multimedia Specialist, at MFarrant@VisitTampaBay.com or (727) 543-8063.
Check out photos from last year's event below!