For the second consecutive year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will partner with Florida Hospital in sponsorship of the 8 on Your Side Health & Fitness Expo. The event will take place on Friday, February 19, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 20, from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center's East Hall. The dates, times and location coincide with the Gasparilla Distance Classic races.
"As a professional sports organization, we understand the importance and value of physical fitness from both a professional and personal standpoint," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. "We are proud to join with our partners at Florida Hospital and WFLA in finding fun, interactive ways to help the Tampa Bay community learn more about health and wellness."
Florida Hospital, the Exclusive Hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the team are committed to the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community. Through their efforts, the expo is open to the public and admission is free. Several of the area's leading health and fitness professionals will be on hand to educate visitors on choices that lead to a more healthy and fit lifestyle.
"We deliver Inspired Health every day at our hospitals, helping our community live healthier and happier lives. Encouraging the residents of Tampa Bay to be active is an essential cornerstone for improving the overall health and wellness of our community," said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of the Florida Hospital West Florida Region. "We are excited to once again partner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to help sponsor the 8 on Your Side Health & Fitness Expo."
The Buccaneers and Florida Hospital will offer activities for the entire family, including interactive football drills, gifts for runners, fun photo opportunities, and special guest appearances by Buccaneers players, cheerleaders, and mascot Captain Fear.