Florida Hospital is Drafting Rookies aka Newborns into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Babies Program and Hosting a Birthday Party for “Bucs Babies” Who are Turning One in May

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For the second consecutive year, all babies born in May, at Florida Hospital will be presented with custom Bucs Babies and official “training camp” gear; rookies from last season’s inaugural program will celebrate their first birthday on the Pirate Ship at Raymond James Stadium.

Bucs Babies Welcomed at Florida Hospital

Last season’s highly successful launch of the Bucs Babies program has us excited to work with our partners at Florida Hospital to grow the program even larger this year.

As the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Hospital is recruiting all babies born at any Florida Hospital in the Greater Tampa Bay area-into the Bucs Babies program during the month of May. The Bucs Babies program is a club created for the tiniest Buccaneers fans. This year, newborns and families will receive an official Bucs Babies blanket, baby hat, and “training camp” gear that includes health and wellness items from the Bucs Partners, C1 Bank and Proctor & Gamble.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will offer each family a chance to experience their first Buccaneers game with pre-season game tickets. Florida Hospital will also host an exclusive birthday party on Sunday, May 3rd on the Pirate Ship inside Raymond James Stadium to celebrate the first birthdays of last year’s inaugural Bucs Babies. The birthday party will include exclusive access opportunities, face painting, balloons, with appearances from the Buccaneers staff, players and cheerleaders and, of course, Captain Fear. Publix will be supplying special cupcakes and Florida Hospital will be presenting families with a gift and special photo opportunities.

“Florida Hospital is committed to creating a healthier community. We are excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a number of health iniatives and help them kick off the season by drafting all newborns and their families into the Bucs Babies program. We also look forward to welcoming back our Florida Hospital families and celebrating our first-ever Bucs Babies birthdays,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of the Florida Hospital West Florida Region.

The Bucs Babies program will be offered at Florida Hospitals in the greater Tampa Bay area including: Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital North Pinellas and Florida Hospital Carrollwood.

“Last season’s highly successful launch of the Bucs Babies program has us excited to work with our partners at Florida Hospital to grow the program even larger this year,” said Brian Ford, Chief Operating Officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We look forward to welcoming the generation of newborn Bucs fans this upcoming season as well as celebrating the first birthday of our inaugural Bucs Babies in memorable fashion on the Pirate Ship at Raymond James Stadium.”

The Bucs Babies “training camp” gear, featuring health and wellness items is sponsored by Florida Hospital, Centra Care, Proctor & Gamble and C1 Bank. In addition to the Bucs baby hat and blanket, the training camp gear will include health and wellness materials, first aid kit, baby wipes, coupons from Proctor & Gamble and a C1 Bank $25 dollar saving account certificate. The program will last the entire month of May.

Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially kicked off their relationship in September 2013, by announcing a partnership focused on improving the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community. Florida Hospital, which operates 23 hospitals across the state, is the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To learn more about the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Buccaneers partnership, visit http://www.CatchBucsFever.com. Families participating in the program can use #BucsBabies all month long to upload photos of their own little rookies.

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not-for-profit 1,257-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa/Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FloridaHospital.com.

About The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play an active role in youth development through a variety of health and education initiatives supported by players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff. With an increased emphasis on youth health and wellness, the Buccaneers' PLAY 60 Challenge and BUCS CARE SCHOOL initiative help teach students the importance of education, nutrition and exercise, renewing the team's commitment to support youth charitable causes throughout the Bay Area. To learn more about how the Buccaneers make a difference in the community, visit http://www.buccaneers.com/community.

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