TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in conjunction with Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are excited to announce a full slate of local youth football programming at a pair of locations on Monday, December 20. The day will kick off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County Game Day of Champions (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) at Raymond James Stadium, before giving way to showcase many of Hillsborough County's top seniors at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star High School Football Game (6:00 p.m.) at Hillsborough High School.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions, now in it’s 26th edition (established in 1995) after a brief hiatus in 2020, is an annual football event featuring 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.
As part of their experience, all players, coaches and personnel from those selected youth football teams are invited to Raymond James Stadium for the day, where they are taken to the locker rooms to change, before being introduced out of their respective tunnels by name in front of their families, friends and spectators.
Traditionally, ages range from 8-14 years old with a different division being selected for each of the contests throughout the day. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Hillsborough County work hand-in-hand with the various youth football organizations to find compelling matchups between their respective Super Bowl champions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all involved.
Meanwhile, the All-Star game will highlight many of Hillsborough County's top seniors as they get to compete one final time during the 2021 season.Selected by their respective high school coaches, players will also gain valuable exposure in their attempts at playing on the collegiate level.
First hosted in 1999, the event aims to recognize outstanding senior football players and cheerleaders throughout the entire county by providing the unique opportunity to participate under the lights in front of family and friends.
For family or friends interested in attending either of Monday’s contests, entry will be $5 per person for Game Day of Champions and complimentary for the All-Star Game, with a parking fee of $5 per vehicle at each venue. Please note, Raymond James Stadium and Hillsborough County Public Schools COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission and Hillsborough County proudly hosts 12 scholarship-exposure generating events annually for prospective student-athletes in the Hillsborough County region. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their continued support: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Under Armour, Elder Automotive Group, Grow Financial, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Body Armour, OAI, Florida Blue, Academy Bus, Synovus Bank.
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