Youth flag football registration remains open; Achieve Plant City receives $8,000 donation; Hillsborough Tax Collector, Department of Health to offer vaccination pop-ups
Youth flag football registration remains open
Don’t miss your last chance to register for flag football as the 55th season of the Plant City Parks & Recreation Department/Optimist Youth Flag Football Program gets geared up. The P.C.P.R.D./Optimist Youth Flag Football Program is for all area boys and girls ages four to 15, as of Nov. 1, 2021 and a birth certificate is required for registration. The program is for youths who want to play in an atmosphere of fair play and good sportsmanship.
Games are on Saturday mornings for co-ed ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11-12, 13-14-15 at the Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, 2402 East Cherry Street. No hard pads or helmets are allowed and the league will not include practices or coaches. Teams meet each week and “instructing officials” are assigned to the teams to ensure that each player carries or catches the ball, subs are rotated evenly and assist in play calling if needed. Parks & Rec will provide basic training in football skills and rules along with positive leadership to build the character and overall citizenship of the players.
All who wish to participate must register by Sep. 1 to be guaranteed a place on a team and the season will run from Sep. 18 through Nov. 6. The cost is $37 per player for the eight-game season which includes their jersey and accident insurance. Register now through Wednesday, Sep. 1 at the Parks & Rec Department’s administrative office, 1904 South Park Road. For more information, call 813-659-4255.
Achieve Plant City receives $8,000 donation
Achieve Plant City was nominated by Florida Insurance Center to receive an $8,000 donation to help adult literacy, early childhood education and parenting education as part of Westfield’s Legacy of Caring program. Each year, Westfield independent insurance agents, like Florida Insurance Center, are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program. The Westfield Insurance Foundation, an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield, awards the donation as an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities in times of uncertainty.
This year, the grant program, funded by Westfield Insurance Foundation, is focused on supporting nonprofits that are helping families and businesses stabilize and recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last 15 months, nonprofits became increasingly important as the number of people in need increased while funding support simultaneously evaporated. Many agents participating in the Legacy of Caring program this year elected to nominate their local Feeding America foodbank, Urban League or United Way because of the critical resources they provide to their communities.
“As our businesses and schools reopen and ‘return to normal,’ Westfield’s Legacy of Caring program reminds us that it may take years to return to the stability and security people and businesses, including nonprofits, enjoyed before the pandemic happened,” said Dennis Brownlee, Agency Principal. The Westfield Insurance Foundation will donate more than $600,000 dollars to neighborhoods across the country. Florida Insurance Center is one of nearly 100 agencies that nominated a nonprofit, including Achieve Plant City, for the Westfield Legacy of Caring grant program. Westfield is proud to work with their independent agents in distributing over $3 million since 2015.
“We value our partnerships with our independent insurance agencies,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO, and Westfield Insurance Foundation Chair. “2020 was an incredibly tough year and Westfield recognizes that families trying to achieve and maintain stability were faced with multiple barriers to success. Investing in our agents’ communities will help families realize short-term successes with long-lasting outcomes.”
Hillsborough Tax Collector, Department of Health to offer vaccination pop-ups
Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s office is partnering with the Department of Health to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to their offices.
One of five different locations to host the vaccination pop-ups, the event will come to Plant City on Thursday, Sep. 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 4706 N. Sydney Rd.
One-dose Johnson & Johnson and two-dose Pfizer vaccine will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. No appointments are necessary to receive a vaccine.
“We serve over 1.4 million people each year and have hundreds who enter our offices on a daily basis,” Hillsborough County Tax Collector Nancy C. Millan said, “So, of course, partnering with the Department of Health to bring vaccinations on site not only our employees but for our customers as well was an easy call to make,”
You must be 18 years of age to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Children 12 and up can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Please bring your government issued ID and your insurance information. You do not have to have insurance to receive the vaccine.