NFL Play60 Kids’ Day At NFL Experience
My journey to Tampa, Florida to cover events leading up to Super Bowl XLIII has come to an end. I return to Los Angeles Thursday afternoon. I had a marvelous journey here for NFL Experience presented by Bank of America and Super Bowl Media Day for the six days that I was in Tampa, Florida.
My exciting journey began several hours after I landed with a Media Tour of the grounds of the NFL Experience presented by Bank of America on Friday, January 23. The skilled tradesmen and women did a great job of getting the area set-up before opening day.
I returned to the NFL Experience presented by Bank of America, January 24 and 25 with about 43,000 locals and visitors for two days of inter-active Fan Festival. The festival is located adjacent to Raymond James Stadium encompassing approximately 85,000 square feet, which precedes the Super Bowl each year and features more than 50 pro football related games, displays and entertainment attractions.
Saturday afternoon, I went to the Children’s Gasparilla Parade on Bayshore Blvd. This was a family, friendly alcohol free event that was for the kids and featured kids and their parents walking, riding in wagons or on a float down Bayshore Blvd. The kids and adults threw out beads, miniature footballs and other collectibles.
Tuesday, January 27, I was at Raymond James Stadium for the Super Bowl XLIII Media Day. Throngs of reporters (TV. crews, radio stations, print media, and internet journalist) had a chance to interview players from the upcoming Super Bowl. The players from the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburg Steelers fielded questions for an hour each. You can view a photo gallery at http://snap.tbo.com/photos/index.php?id=2184663.
Wednesday, Another day at the NFL Experience presented by Bank of America. This day was NFL Play60 Kids’ Day at the NFL Experience presented by Bank of America. Thousands of kids were invited to the private celebrations. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks and other NFL Players, along with Roger Goodell, Commissioner, National Football League, Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida; Bryan Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Co-Chairman; Chris Traeger, Bank of America Representative. Recording Artist Bre Morgan performed original tunes for the kids in attendance. Each spoke to the kids about living a healthy life style, getting a good education and getting plenty of exercise to stay fit. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recognized Sam Kimmel, this year’s NFL Play 60 Super Kid, a young fan committed to getting 60 minutes of exercise a day. Sam will run on-field before Super Bowl XLIII begins and hand the ball to an official.
Kids’ Day offered kids a chance to learn more about the importance of healthy living during NFL Play60 Kids’ at the NFL Experience presented by Bank of America. NFL Play60 is the league’s youth health and fitness campaign aimed at helping youngsters get 60 minutes of exercise each day. Thousands of lucky Tampa fifth graders who entered the NFL Play60 What Moves U Challenge were special guest at NFL Play60 Kids’. As part of the challenge, Tampa students submitted their plans for getting “60 minutes of exercise a day for 60 days.”
The NFL Experience presented by Bank of America allows visitors to test their running, passing, kicking and punting skills by participating in a variety of fun inter-active attractions including “Quarterback Challenge,” passing accuracy game an “Fair Catch,” a punt reception game. Additionally, fans can partake in state of the art football video games systems, dress like their favorite heroes in “Gear Up and Go!” and take part in various youth football and Football 101 clinics. As many as 50 NFL superstars will be available to meet fans and sign free autographs at the Super Bowl XLIII Card Show, the largest football card exhibit ever that features displays from leading manufacturers, including rare collectibles.
Additional information on all events at the NFL Experience presented by Bank of America can be found at www.superbowl.com