Hope Week

Starting on July 23rd, the Tampa Tarpons will highlight and shine a spotlight on a different individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support. Each day is designed so honorees can share their inspirational stories with the Tarpons’ players, coaches, staff and fans, while being treated to a fun day with the team.

TUESDAY, JULY 23 – Happy Tails
Started by Arina Khona, a rising senior at The University of Tampa, Happy Tails was created when Arina realized an alarming lack of resources being allocated to local animal shelters in Tampa, Florida. In collaboration with the Mercy Full project, Happy Tails’ mission is to provide these local shelters with a stable income, so they can focus their time and energy on saving animals. Every month, Happy Tails hosts events at the University of Tampa where students can interact with dogs and make donations for the local shelters.

Click the link below to see how to contribute to the Mercy Full Project:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 – Yes Queen Dress Drive
Yes Queen Dress Drive is a pop-up boutique, offering free Prom & Homecoming dresses to high school students who need financial assistance. They host two-to-three pop-ups per year, partnering with local schools in the New Tampa area. Since its founding in 2022, Yes Queen Dress Drive has distributed approximately 175 dresses and a multitude of formal shoes, free of charge.

On behalf of Yes Queen Dress Drive, Lacey Henning will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch at Wednesday’s Tarpons game.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 – Specially Fit Foundation
The Specially Fit Foundation was founded by Mark Oliver, a local University of South Florida graduate who provides free group fitness classes for individuals with developmental disabilities and prepares everyone to participate in the Special Olympics. The caring and compassionate team at Specially Fit Foundation utilizes therapeutic exercises and skillful manual therapy techniques to improve mobility, communication, and physical health.

Click the link below to see how to contribute, which provides year-round workouts, Special Olympic training, and much more.

On behalf of the Specially Fit Foundation, Mark Oliver will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch at Thursday’s Tarpons game.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 – St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital treats more children than any other hospital in Tampa Bay, so parents can rest assured their child will receive the best expert care close to home in Tampa. Parents have the confidence of knowing that the specialized pediatric services offered are further strengthened by St. Joseph’s Hospital full-service medical center, including the 24-hour Steinbrenner Emergency/Trauma Center for Children.


SATURDAY, JULY 27 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay are dedicated to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. They are committed to providing a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach for every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. Within the community, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay serves more than 12,500 youth in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties annually at their 25 Clubs.

Click the link below to see how you can help make a difference and get involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.