Hillsborough Schools Student-Athletes Shine on the Gridiron At Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions and All-Star High School Football Game
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (December 13, 2018) – Hillsborough County Public Schools, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are excited to announce a full slate of local youth football events on Saturday, December 15, at Raymond James Stadium.
The day will kick off from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions, before the showcase event at 6 p.m., as many of Hillsborough County's top seniors compete in the All-Star High School Football Game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day of Champions 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 season, 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 Pirate Ship for pictures, the locker rooms to change, before being introduced out of their respective tunnels by name in front of their families, friends and spectators.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star High School Football Game, which is celebrating its 20th annual contest, is set to kickoff at 6 p.m. 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 of Raymond James Stadium. The players competing in the All-Star Game are selected by their respective high school coaches, earning them the chance to compete one final time in the 2018 season.
The East team will be led by Matt Kitchie of Lennard High School, while the West squad will be represented by Jason Lane from Chamberlain High School. Full rosters will be announced at TampaBaySports.org.