FLA SPORTS HALL OF FAME, FLORIDA FARM BUREAU JOIN FORCES

Partnership aligns two of the state’s historically significant names

ST. PETERSBURG – The Florida Sports Hall of Fame has entered into a partnership with one of the state’s leading insurers, Florida Farm Bureau Insurance, to pursue shared initiatives in honoring Florida’s brightest and best athletes and to increase awareness of charitable causes primarily affecting the state’s youth and their families.

The 57-year-old Florida Sports Hall of Fame is undergoing a tremendous resurgence in recent years, having inducted a spate of high profile sports figures and shared their stories of world-changing good works and inspirational messages. Most recently, Tim Tebow, Warrick Dunn and Chipper Jones joined the Hall following the induction of Jon Gruden, Phil Esposito, Johnnie Damon and Tony Dungy to name a few.

The Florida Farm Bureau Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Group. Like the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company began more than 50 years ago with a group of Farm Bureau leaders who shared a vision for better member service and lower insurance rates.

The Florida Farm Bureau Group specializes in writing automobile, homeowners, dwelling fire, farm and business owners’ lines of insurance for members of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. The group ranks as one of the market leaders in private passenger auto and homeowners insurance business in the state of Florida.

“I’m not sure there are two organizations in Florida that are more perfectly aligned to join forces,” said FSHOF President Barry Smith. “We are both historically significant to the people of Florida, have an all-encompassing statewide footprint and have an interest in using sports as a vehicle to raise awareness.”

Florida Farm Bureau will begin an immediate identity with the Hall of Fame, becoming the Presenting Sponsor for a VIP Reception and Meet and Greet at the February 15th Governor’s Baseball Dinner at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Baseball greats Wade Boggs, Tino Martinez, Johnny Damon and Fred McGriff are among the stars scheduled to appear.

In addition, Florida Farm Bureau will play a key role in all of the Hall of Fame’s 2018 statewide events including a sporting clays event on April 21 in Lakeland, the Fame for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic scheduled for south Florida in June, a fishing tournament, likely in Destin, in the fall and the annual Florida Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement on November 7 in Pensacola.

About the Florida Sports Hall of Fame

In its 57th year of honoring the state’s brightest sports figures, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame continues its mission to honor Florida’s vast sports heritage by taking the inspiring stories of its 253 current members to the people of the state. This outreach is the hallmark of the modern-day Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall recently opened a state-of-the-art museum and preview center for memorabilia provided by its members located directly in the center of the state. But today’s Hall of Fame is about more than brick and mortar. With its “Fame for Kids” initiative, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame has embarked on a journey to take its message across the state of Florida to raise money and awareness for causes that affect our youth.

About Florida Farm Bureau Insurance

The Florida Farm Bureau Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Group. The Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company began more than 50 years ago with a group of Farm Bureau leaders who shared a vision for better member service and lower insurance rates. The Florida Farm Bureau Group specializes in writing automobile, homeowners, dwelling fire, farm and business owners’ lines of insurance for members of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. The group ranks as one of the market leaders in private passenger auto and homeowners insurance business in the state of Florida.