Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Super Bowl gave nearly $4 million in contracts to minority- and woman-owned businesses

TAMPA — Two months after the final fireworks and confetti drop, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee is about to shut down its offices at Raymond James Stadium.

The closing comes with a final announcement about the game's impact on local schools, business development and environmental programs.

Among the statistics released Monday: More than 130 local minority- and woman-owned businesses received Super Bowl-related contracts worth more than $3.96 million.

Curtis Stokes, chairman of the host committee's community outreach subgroup, said that in 2001, only 100 minority and woman-owned businesses won Super Bowl contracts worth $2.1 million.

"It's a whole lot better," Stokes said. "The best thing about it is when people like Rose Saxton from Urban Culinary Cuisine runs up to you and starts to cry because she got the opportunity to participate in the NFL Tailgate Party. That's awesome. That's what it's all about."

Stokes attributed the increase in minority contracts to a growing number of businesses that can handle the work.

Other bragging points:

• The NFL Environmental Program collected more than 34 tons of recyclable materials. More than $200,000 in office supplies, decor and building materials was donated to local nonprofit organizations, and 65,000 pounds of prepared food were collected from various Super Bowl events and donated to local food banks and charities.

• The NFL planted about 2,000 trees in 26 locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

• More than 100 schools participated in the Super Kids Super Sharing program, donating more than 48,000 books and pieces of sports equipment. The items have been distributed to more than 55 schools and charitable organizations.

• The NFL donated $1 million to expand youth education town centers in East Tampa. The centers also received a boost with a $150,000 donation from the Glazer Family Foundation for a sports field and fitness trail, and a $100,000 contribution from the Patel Conservatory for music, dance, theatre and multimedia classes at the YET centers.

"The Super Bowl is a lot more than just a game," said Reid Sigmon, executive director of the host committee, and the only one of 12 staff members who will remain on board after today. "All of these activities show the impact the Super Bowl had and the legacy it will have, not only in terms of school outreach and environmental programs but also business development."

Sigmon said more than half of the host committee staffers had lined up jobs. But he doesn't know what he'll do next.

"I've had a few conversations," he said.

This marked Sigmon's first time as executive director for a Super Bowl. He came to Tampa from Cleveland, where he was director of stadium development and events for the Cleveland Browns. He was director of operations for Tampa's 2001 Super Bowl and vice president of operations for the game played in Jacksonville in 2005.

Janet Zink can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3401.

Super Bowl gave nearly $4 million in contracts to minority- and woman-owned businesses 03/30/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:46am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series


    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena


    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack


    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath


    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.