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A Bounty of Fun Awaits Ye Babies! Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Drafting Newborns into the “Bucs Babies” Program to Coincide with the NFL Draft

Florida Hospital, the Exclusive Hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is recruiting new rookie talent as they kick off the 4th annual “Bucs Babies” program April 27th – May 31st and celebrate all “Bucs Babies” born at the 3rd annual birthday party in May.

The “Bucs Babies” program will be offered at Florida Hospital locations in the Tampa Bay area including: Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Florida Hospital North Pinellas. Each family delivering at Florida Hospital will receive a “rookie training kit” as part of the “Bucs Babies” program. The 2017 training kit will include a RuMe reusable diaper bag filled with an official “Buc’s Babies” branded plush blanket, bib and baby hat as well as a “Bucs Baby on Board” car window sign, a Buccaneers birth certificate and four tickets to a Buccaneer’s 2017 preseason game. Health and wellness items for the tiny draftees and their families are courtesy of Publix, Procter & Gamble and Centra Care Florida Hospital Urgent Care. Publix is donating wipes, lotion, bath wash, shampoo, cotton swabs and a $10 Publix gift card as part of the Publix Baby Club. Procter & Gamble is donating a reusable mom grab-and-go fabric bag, Pampers Baby Wipes, Deft, Crest, Always, Puffs To-Go Tissue Packets and coupons while Centra Care Florida Hospital Urgent Care is providing the first-aid kits. Families will also receive special access and free passes to future “Bucs Babies” annual birthday parties.

“We are so proud to be a part of the ‘Bucs Babies’ program; it is so special watching these little rookies grow up! Florida Hospital is committed to building a healthier community which includes helping parents become actively involved in their child’s overall health and wellness. The 3rd Annual ‘Bucs Babies' birthday party will bring together professional athletes, physicians and patients in an interactive, fun and engaging environment,” said Lauren Key, VP of Marketing, Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System.

In honor of all “Bucs Babies” who were drafted in previous years, the Buccaneers and Florida Hospital will be celebrating their first, second and third birthdays at One Buccaneer Place. In addition to the babies, hundreds of families plus their OB labor and delivery staffs will be invited back to partake in the festivities. Attending families will be encouraged to get active by participating in NFL combine-style Play 60 football drills, a quarterback challenge and jumping in the bounce house. There will be special appearances by Captain Fear, Buccaneers cheerleaders and current players. Fun-filled birthday gift bags will be distributed to each Buc Baby. There will be face painters, games for the whole family to enjoy, family-friendly entertainment and a coloring station courtesy of Chevron. A photo booth complete with props will be onsite offering attendees a special photo opportunity to commemorate this special day. Coca-Cola Beverages Florida will keep guests hydrated and entertained by providing beverages as well as other fun activities. Brunch will be served and Publix will supply Buccaneer decorated cupcakes to celebrate the occasion.

“The ‘Bucs Babies’ program has been a great success these past few years,” said Brian Ford, Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to working with our great partners at Florida Hospital to welcome this year’s ‘Draft Class’ and to celebrating the birthdays of the previous program participants along with their parents at a great family-friendly event at One Buccaneer Place.”

Florida Hospital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially kicked off their relationship in September 2013, by announcing a partnership that is focused on improving the health and well-being of the Tampa Bay community. To learn more about the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Buccaneers partnership, visit http://www.CatchBucsFever.com. Bucs Babies families are encouraged to use #BucsBabies and #catchbucsfever all month long to upload photos of their own little rookies.

About Florida Hospital
Florida Hospital is a not-for-profit, leading health network system composed of 26 hospitals throughout the state. Part of the Adventist Health System, with 45 hospital campuses nationwide and more than 80,000 employees. Adventist Health System facilities serve more than 4.7 million patients annually. For more information visit http://www.FloridaHospital.com.

About Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play an active role in youth development through a variety of health and education initiatives in the Tampa Bay community. Supported by players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff, the Buccaneers' PLAY 60 Challenge along with Buccaneers Academies provide enrichment programs focused on academic success and fitness. To learn more about how the Buccaneers make a difference in the community, visit http://www.buccaneers.com/community.