TARPON SPRINGS — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan base stands to get considerably younger throughout May. Florida Hospital West Florida Region, which includes Tarpon Springs’ Florida Hospital North Pinellas, has teamed up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a program called Bucs Babies. All newborns delivered at any Florida Hospital in the Tampa Bay area can be enrolled in the program and will receive an official Buccaneers baby uniform and “training camp” gear that includes health and wellness items from the Bucs Pewter Partners. “We are excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a number of health initiatives throughout the year,” Mike Schultz, president and CEO of the Florida Hospital West Florida Region, wrote in a news release. “So it’s only appropriate to kick off the season by drafting all newborns and their families into the Bucs Babies program.”
Involvement in the program also includes a chance for one family to win a VIP Buccaneers Prize Pack that features four club-level tickets to a home game, VIP sideline passes and pirate ship passes. A personal letter and signed photo of new Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith comes along with the “training camp” material. Beginning next year, Florida Hospital will then hold a birthday party on the Raymond James Stadium pirate ship each spring to celebrate Bucs Babies. “You are never too young to be a fan, and we are excited to welcome the newest generation of Bucs Babies and their parents to the Buccaneer family,” wrote Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford.