Hey sports fans, it's Lauren here with some upcoming events that are heating up this summer. Tampa will host multiple sports tournaments and competitions, and here are three that are coming up soon. From basketball to baseball to bodybuilding, Tampa continues to be a hot spot for Tampa Bay sports!
USSSA Best of the South Summer Showcase Attracts Top Basketball Players
College coaches will descend upon Tampa Bay to scout the top high school basketball players from the southeast at the second annual USSSA Best of the South Summer Showcase. This NCAA-certified tournament will be played at various gymnasiums throughout the Tampa Bay area July 13-15.
This marks the sixth event USSSA has hosted in Tampa in 2010. Last month, USSSA held its Boys State Championship, which drew 144 teams of athletes in grades three-eight. Other tournaments include the boys and girls Division I Elite Open, girls Division I Tournament of Champions and boys Division I and II Tournament of Champions.
Florida Travel Ball Global World Series
The Florida Travel Ball Global World Series is coming to Plant City’s Randy L. Larson Four-Plex this summer, bringing 50 baseball teams from throughout the southeast. The 9U age group will play from July 14-18 and 11U will compete from July 21-25.
Tampa previously held the Florida Travel Ball Memorial Day weekend tournament in which teams competed to advance to the Florida Travel Ball Global World Series. This qualifier attracted teams from Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Clermont, West Palm Beach and Wellington, among others.
IFBB Bodybuilding Weekly Championships and NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza
About 200 male and female bodybuilders from over 30 different countries will bare their brawn at the IFBB Bodybuilding Weekly Championships and National Physique Committee Tim Gardner Extravaganza July 16-17 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center of the Performing Arts’ Carol Morsani Hall. These professional and amateur athletes will be competing in various components of the sport, including bodybuilding, fitness, figure and bikini. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Warrick Dunn Foundation.