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George Steinbrenner's impact on the Tampa community

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 08:15 AM

From charitable donations to other philanthropic efforts, here are a few examples of how George Steinbrenner impacted the Tampa community:

• 1981 - Founder and prime financial contributor to the Gold Shield Foundation, Inc.

• 1984 - Sponsored a Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Lou Piniella testimonial dinner to raise $42,000 for a new administration building.

• 1988 - Anonymously paid for the Greater Tampa Urban League banquet dinner costs.

• Since 1988 - Honorariums received from speeches are used to defray the training costs of the Florida Clippers.

• 1988 - Paid for the funeral and burial expenses of 22 year-old Denny Redden, a former high school football star.

• Purchased new instruments for a Florida high school band whose instruments had been stolen.

• 1989 - Made a donation of $250,000 to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

• 1997 - Covered travel expenses when Lake Airlines went bankrupt and left a Great Britain youth soccer team stranded in Tampa.

• 1996 - Sponsors a Yankee luncheon every spring since 1997 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.

• Since 1996 - invites 2-3 high school bands to perform at Spring Training games donating game tickets, transportation, and $1,000 to each band.

• 1989 - Reached out to Johnny Russo, a 2 year-old cancer victim, by giving him Yankee equipment, autographs, and contributed to his hospital expenses.

• Since 1989 - Underwrites the Florida Orchestra Children's Christmas Concerts each year in Hillsborough County. In 1992 the Concert was also held in Pinellas County.

• 1990 - Founder and benefactor of the Hillsborough County Florida "Coaches" Foundation which honors public and private high school coaches and their wives.

• Assisted in providing lighting systems for University of Florida, Florida State, University of South Florida, and several little league baseball fields.

• Paid for college educational expenses for 50 needy and deserving students.

• 1990 - Underwrites several pop concerts featuring the Tampa Symphony Orchestra and Skitch Henderson.

• 1991 - Hosted and paid for a dinner for the Salesian Sisters in Tampa to help build an infirmary in Tampa.

• 1991 - Master of Ceremonies at the "Red, White, and Blue" celebration at the Tampa Stadium.

• 1991 - Discovered a bus full of Boy and Girls Club kids enroute to Busch Gardens broke down on the interstate. He purchased their lunch and arranged transportation for the remainder of their trip.

• 1991 - Made an anonymous donation of $35,000 to Hillsborough County Public Schools to benefit high school underprivileged athletes.

• 1991 - Honored with the 1992 Golden Baton Award by the Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg.

• 1991 - George Steinbrenner and family pledged $500,000 to help build a separate pediatric emergency center at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

• 1992 - Inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.

• 1992 - Was the prime mover in having Tampa serve as the processing center and debarkation point for 1,600 U.S. Olympic participants.

• 1992 - Provided funds for Ron Karnaugh, an Olympic athlete, to enter medical school after his father died of a heart attack.

• 1992 - Volunteered to drive boiled water to a storm ravaged area after Hurricane Andrew hit Miami.

• 1992 - Learned of the cancellation of the junior high school championship games in Hillsborough County due to budget problems and underwrote the expenses of the games.

• 1993-2007 - Donated a van to the Children's Home of Tampa each year.

• 1993 - Received Tampa Citizen of the Year award for community service.

• 1993 - Mr. and Mrs. Steinbrenner received an "Outstanding American Award" by the Boys and Girls Club of America in 1993.

• 1994 - Donated $50,000 to Illinois farmers hurt by flooding.

• Underwrote the cost of high school and youth football games at Tampa Stadium in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

• 1994 - Received the "Community Leader Award" from the Federal Law Enforcement Association.

• 1994 - Received the "Distinguished Service Award" from the Tampa Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

• 1994 - Selected by Florida State Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford to head the Florida State Fair Authority.

• 1995 - Received Liberty Bell Award (Law Day USA) Hillsborough County Bar

• 1996 - Received "Governor's Outstanding Citizen Award" from Kiwanis International.

• 1996 - World Series Champions

• 1997 - Financed bringing the Florida High School State Baseball Championship Tournament to Tampa.

• 1997 - Honored as Outstanding New Yorker by the New York Society of Association Executives.

• 1997 - King of Gasparilla

• 1997 - Donation to sixty-nine 4H entrants

• 1997 - Donation to proposed renovation of historic Centro Espanol in West Tampa.

• 1997 - Favorite Sons/Daughters Award, Hillsborough County Convention

• 1997 - Ambassador Award by the Tampa Hillsborough convention and visitors Association.

• 1997 - State of Indiana "Pathfinder Award" recognizing his extraordinary service to youth

• 1997 - Received "Voice of Children Award" presented by the Children's Home Society of Florida.

• 1998 - Recognition for excellent work for U.S. Olympics while serving as Vice President.

• 1998 - Donated $10,000 to Inner City Boys Choir after their musical instruments were stolen.

• 1998 - Made $200,000 pledge to reestablish an extramural athletic program in Hillsborough County schools for county's 34 middle schools. This will serve 6,500 sixth through eighth graders.

• 1998 - Summary of recent assistance furnished by Mr. Steinbrenner to the community.

• 1999 - Received "Citizen of the Year Award," Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.

• 2000 - Received "Joseph Moore Award" from Egypt Temple Shrine in Tampa for "Recognition of Outstanding Community Service".

• 2001 - Article in Tampa Tribune dated May 13, 2001, extolling George Steinbrenner's civic responsibility.

• Provided facility funding and staff to host the state baseball tournament at Legends Field for 8 years.

• Gave $15,000 to Hillsborough County Public Schools Athletics Department to purchase additional equipment and supplies.

• Gave $10,000 to help fund the first rubberized track at Gaither High School.

• Gave $2,500 to help host state soccer.

• Gave $2,000 to help host state cross country.

• Major sponsor for the Tampa Chapter of the National Football Foundation. The NFF honors our coaches, athletes, and scholar-athletes yearly.

• Gave the funds necessary for the Gaither High School band to make up the difference between what the boosters had raised and the cost for travel and lodging for the 2004 Presidential Inaugural Parade.

• Gave $10,000 to replace band instruments stolen from Hillsborough High School.

• Sponsors the annual coaches dinner to honor coaches in all high school sports in Hillsborough County.

• Donated a display case for the administrative office of Steinbrenner High School to display Yankees and Steinbrenner memorabilia, which his organization rotates on a regular basis.

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