Bowl Teams Set to Visit All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg During Bowl Week
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (November 19, 2012) – One of the most redeeming experiences during bowl week for the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburghappens each year when the teams visit patients at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. It is an emotional event that brings the Bowl opponents together for an invaluable investment in time. This year’s visit will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20at 9:00 a.m.
Team representatives, including coaches, team captains, cheerleaders and mascots, along with Honorary Game Chairman and former NFL star Mike Alstott, will visit the children and take pictures, sign autographs and provide gifts from ESPN and memorabilia from each school. In many cases, though, the most valuable gifts are the priceless hugs. Last year, Vince Papale, who inspired the Walt Disney Movie “Invincible” and served as the Keynote Speaker at last year’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg Kickoff Luncheon, also made it a point to be at the event.
“When the teams from the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg visit our patients, it really brightens their day,” said Kristin Maier, Director of the Child Life Program at All Children’s Hospital. “It creates a break from the anxiety a child is often feeling while being in the hospital. You can see the excited look on their faces when the players and team mascots enter the room – it’s almost like a ‘WOW’ factor.”
“Year after year, athletic directors from both schools rave about how great of an experience the hospital visit is for their players and coaches,” said Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg Executive Director Brett Dulaney. “The visit to All Children’s Hospital is an integral part of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and we’re proud that we have done this in each year of our bowl.”
The 2012 visit to All Children’s Hospital will mark the fifth time in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg’s five years of existence. Media are permitted and encouraged to attend and cover the event.
Tickets for the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg game on December 21 at 7:30 p.m. are on sale now and start as low as just $35. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800.745.3000.