Tampa Noles Block Party

NOLEFEST2018 - Aug 11

Early Bird tickets are $20 through May 15.
Tickets at www.tampanolesparty.com

Alumni of the Month: Jake Kehlenbeck of PocketPioneers.com

This month, we want to introduce Tampa Noles to Jake Kehlenbeck of PocketPioneers.com. Jake is an FSU alumnus in Tampa with a very interesting product. We had a chance to ask Jake a few questions about his shirt with a giant pocket.

A little bit of background: When were you at Florida State and when did you move to Tampa?
I was at Florida State from 2010-2014 and moved to Tampa right after college.

So what's up with the shirt with the giant pocket/ How did Pocket Pioneers come about?
A few friends and I were sitting in the neighborhood bar one day talking about funny shirts and then the concept of a giant pocket on a t-shirt came up. We thought it was hilarious and thought about the possibilities of putting beer and puppies in there so we made a few, wore them out to bars and found out other people loved them just as much as we did.

After that we decided to create Pocket Pioneers so we can share them with everybody else.

How has it grown since you guys started?
When we first started, we had no idea what we were doing. We were fresh out of college and barely sold any shirts because nobody knew about us. Little by little we learned how to get the word out and this past fall we sort of went “viral” and had a ton of cool Facebook videos published about our product. As far as growth goes, we’ll double our sales this year from last year.

You were on Steve Harvey's Funderdome earlier this year, what was that like?
It was incredible. I can’t speak for the other guys, but it I’ve never been so nervous. Right before going on, to pump ourselves up, John, another FSU grad and one of the cofounders, was quoting Jameis and telling us we some dogs, we aint no puppies.

We had a great time shooting in LA and seeing the whole behind the scenes process of a reality show. It was cool to meet Steve and see our product on TV, and the sales pop and prize money was amazing.

Do you wear your giant pocket shirt everywhere?
Absolutely. I find that I actually use the pocket way more than I initially anticipated. Plus, I love it when people say, “Hey, that’s an awesome shirt! Where did you get it?”

What is the most unusual thing someone has carried in a giant pocket shirt?
Hmm. Idk if there’s a single most unusual thing, but we’ve seen people put babies, pet squirrels, burritos and bagged wine in there.

Where can we order a shirt with a giant pocket?

Dec 10th: FSU Hoops in Tampa and FSU Day at the Bucs

Sunday, December 10th is a busy day for FSU in Tampa!

At noon, FSU Basketball takes on Tulane at Amalie Arena in the Heritage Insurance Classic. The Noles are currently 6-0 with two games the week before they arrive in Tampa.

Looking for a return to the NCAA Tournament, the Noles are lead by guards CJ Walker and Terance Mann.

Coming into the week, Tulane is 6-1 with two games before they come to Tampa.

Buy tickets to FSU Hoops in Tampa here

At 1pm, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting FSU Alumni day at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 pm and they will have a pre-game tailgate location set up in Lot 14 beginning at 9:30 am.

Tickets to FSU Day at Raymond James are available here:

FSU Veterans Alumni Networking Event

Friday, December 1 at 6 PM - 9 PM
World of Beer (5311 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL)

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is proud to host our first Seminole Veterans networking event and happy hour. We would like to invite all FSU Alumni Veterans in the Tampa Bay area to meet with us at World of Beer - Tampa International to meet, greet, and build on the common bonds of being Seminoles and Veterans.

FSU is one of the best universities in the nation for military veterans and many FSU Alumni Veterans find careers in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is proud to count two Veterans on our Board of Directors!

And for those might not know all Florida State is doing for our currently enrolled Veterans, we are planning to have representatives from FSU present to discuss their current and future initiatives.

Hooah/ Oorah/ Hooyah and Go Noles!

4th Annual TampaNoles EPCOT Food & Wine Festival BUS TRIP 2017


More Information and Tickets

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club Presents FOURTH ANNUAL TAMPA NOLES EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL BUS TRIP Saturday, November 4th, 2017 (rescheduled from prior date of 10/7/17 because of the change in the FSU-UM game date) departing South Tampa at 8:15am, return 11pm EPCOT, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Join the Tampa Noles for a ROAD TRIP to EPCOT's legendary Food & Wine Festival on Saturday October 7, 2017! Here are some pics from past years - we get a great turnout!

EPCOT F&W Festival boasts food and drinks from over 36 countries, including over 300 different wines, more than 250 cocktails, about a hundred domestic, international, and craft beers, and hundreds of small plate food and dessert dishes (most food and drinks sell for about $4-$8 each - so it's a great way to sample everything!). MORE DETAILED INFO ABOUT EPCOT'S F&W FESTIVAL FOOD AND DRINKS FURTHER BELOW.


The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is using ESCOT BUS LINES to transport us to and from EPCOT on Saturday October 7! ESCOT is Tampa's luxury charter bus service and we'll be transported in a clean, on-time, wifi-equiped, BYOB-friendly bus! Cost for the Tampa Noles motor coach is $30 per person, which includes a 2017 Tampa Noles EPCOT T-shirt! (OBVIOUSLY this $30 bus fee DOES NOT include admission to EPCOT - see below for details on EPCOT admission)! THERE ARE 40 SEATS AVAILABLE ON THE BUS. IF THEY SELL OUT, THERE IS A 10 PERSON WAITLIST. T-SHIRTS ARE FOR BUS RIDERS ONLY - YOU MUST RIDE THE BUS TO GET A T-SHIRT!

The bus will leave from Old Hyde Park Village (specific pick-up detals to come, probably by parking garage). Parking is usually available, and there should be no trouble finding easy parking on a Saturday morning. The bus departs promptly at 8:15am (e.g. DON'T BE LATE!!). That night, the bus will depart EPCOT at 9pm PROMPTLY, with estimated arrival back at Old Hyde Park Village before 11pm. DON'T BE LATE!!


More Information and Tickets

Tampa Noles Discount at Heads and Tails

Shop at Heads and Tails (4524 W. Kennedy Blvd.) to pick up all your FSU gear and accessories!

Mention the Tampa Bay Seminole Club at checkout and RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR FULL PURCHASE!


Tampa Noles Block Party Photobooth Pics Available

Our Block Party photobooth was a great success! Now you can download or order your pictures from our amazing blockparty through Shutterbooth's website!

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to see the full selection of fantastic pictures! Many thanks to Shutterbooth for being at the Tampa Noles Block Party!

Here are our favorite pictures!

Record-Breaking Tampa Noles Block Party 2017

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club Block Party was a huge success! Thousands of Seminoles came to Ybor City for our annual kick-off block party. We filled 18 bars and lined the streets with garnet and gold. Thanks to all our attendees and friends we were able to raise over $100,000 for scholarships!

Thank you to everyone who attended!

Here are just a few pictures from the event!


Italian Club
  • Fireball Shots - $2
  • Soda Water - $2
  • Wells - $3
  • Bottle Beer - $4
  • Masi Wine - $5
  • Calls - $5
  • Premiums -$7
  • Bud & Bud Light - $2
  • Corona's - $3
  • Jello Shots - $2
  • Wells - $3
  • Margarita's - $3
  • Finlandia - $3
  • Hunch Punch -$3
  • Titos -$5
Carmines Patio
  • Coronas - $3
  • Bud Lights - $3
  • Fireball Shots - $4
  • Titos - $6
  • Garnet Gold
    Cinnamon Toast Crunch - $5
Gaspars Grotto
  • Garnet Shots - $2
  • Gold Shots - $2
  • Corona Bottles -$3
  • Corona Drafts - $3
  • Jameson Drinks - $3
The Big Easy
  • Corona - $3
  • Tullemore Dew - $5
  • Sailor Jerry -$5
  • Jack Fire - $4
  • Garnet & Gold Jello-O Shots - $1
Jazz House
  • Drafts - $2
  • Domestics - $3
  • Jazz Blasts - $3
  • Rum Runners - $3
  • Fireball & Jager - BOGO
  • Premium Vodka - BOGO
Kelly Days Tavern
  • 16oz PBR/Miller/Coors/Bud Light - $3

  • Corona / Corona Light - $3
  • Fireball Shots - $3
  • Brew Bus Craft Pints - $5
  • Jack Fires - 2 for $7
Bad Monkey
  • Bud Light - $3
  • Corona - $4
  • Stoli Crushed Shots - $4
  • Wells - $5
  • Ketel - $6
  • Froze - $6
Coyote Ugly
  • Corona Draft - $2
  • Bud Lights - $2
  • Corona Bottle - $3
  • Fire Ball - $4
  • Jack Fire Ice Luge - $5
  • Garnet Gold Shots - $3
Brass Tap
  • Domestic Bottles - $3
  • FSU Feisty Beach Shot - $3
  • Garnet Ale / Gold Lager - $4
  • FSU Feisty Beach - $5
Club Prana
  • Garnet Shots - $2
  • Domestics - $3
  • Wells -$3
  • Coronas - $4
James Joyce
  • FSU Shots - $2
  • Coors - $3
  • Jack - $4
  • Crown - $4
Double Decker
  • Corona - $4
  • Whiskey Shots - $5
  • Garnet Shots - BOGO
Hamburger Marys
  • Bud Lights - $3
  • Coronas - $3
  • Jack & Cokes -$4
First Chance Last Chance
  • Corona - $3
  • Shot Specials - $3
  • YBombs -$4
  • Calls - $4

The FSU Inspire Award Event Held in Tampa 7/13/2017

In conjunction with Florida State University, the Tampa Bay Seminole Club held a fantastic event: The Inspire Awards for FSU Alumni and its 2017 Women of Distinction.

Our panel of women answered questions about life, their career and how they each have risen to the top in their own respective fields of work.

The future is bright for FSU in Tampa Bay and we cannot be more proud of Melanie S. Griffin, Stacie Harris, Judy Schmeling and Susan McManus on winning such prestigious awards!

FSU MS-RMI Happy Hour July 13th in Tampa

A happy hour event for the FSU MS-RMI (Risk Management and Insurance) program will be on July 13th at Besito Mexican in Tampa. The event is being supported and shared by Dr. Cassandra Cole, Department Chair and Director of the Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance Program in the FSU College of Business.

FSU Students Visit Tampa

On June 19, a group of students from the FSU CARE program visited the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Stimulation. While at the USF CAMLS building, FSU alumni in the building gave the visiting Seminoles a VIP tour. The students learned about and even experimented with top-of-the-line medical training equipment.

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Seminole Send Off

Over 100 parents, family members and students of the FSU Class of 2021 came to our annual Tampa Noles Seminole Send-Off on June 15th. We awarded 10 scholarships to very deserving Undergrad and graduate students and we were incredibly impressed by this year's applicants.

The future is bright for FSU! Welcome to our Tribe and Family new students and parents!

Tampa Noles Alumni Spotlight: Brian Ford of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brian A. Ford, Jr. just completed his 10th year with the organization after joining the Buccaneers in 2006 and in his role, oversees all aspects of the organization’s day-to-day business operations and community involvement. He works directly with team ownership to ensure that Buccaneers fans, season pass members and corporate sponsors receive a first in-class experience. Under Ford’s leadership, the Buccaneers have consistently earned top marks among NFL teams for customer service experience, ranking No. 1 in the league’s annual Voice of the Fan report for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Ford is currently overseeing a comprehensive, multi-phase renovation of Raymond James Stadium that is expected to exceed $150 million. The first stage of this project was completed in 2014 and encompassed a complete redesign of the main level concession locations. The second phase was completed for the Buccaneers’ 2016 season and was highlighted by the installation of new, state-of-the-art HD video boards in each end zone and four HD tower video displays in each corner of the lower bowl, giving the stadium a total video display area of 28,416 feed – at the time, the third-largest in the NFL. Also included was a new, comprehensive sound system and concessions upgrades, in addition to the renovation of all luxury suites. The third phase of renovations – scheduled to be completed in time for the team’s 2017 season – will include a completely redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store, expansion of the highly successful Hall of Fame Club, and a new home team locker room. In addition to the stadium renovation project, Ford is also in charge of the planning and construction of the team’s new state-of-the-art indoor practice facility which is scheduled for completion by the start of the 2017 regular season.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Ford was part of the team that opened Raymond James Stadium as the district manager with Fine Host Corporation in 1998. He remained in that capacity until 2006, when he began his career with the Buccaneers.

An active participant in and around the Tampa Bay area, Ford is a member of the Pediatric Cancer advisory board in addition to serving on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer, Sports Advisory Council for Special Olympics Florida, Saint Leo University Sport Business Advisory Council, and Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Foundation. Ford has also been a driving force and annual participant in the team’s annual Cut for a Cure event that has raised over $110,000 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation over the past four years. Prior to the 2016 season, Ford also became a member of the Honorary Commander 927th Air Refueling Wing, which allows business men and women from the local community an opportunity for an up close and personal experience of the policies, programs and overall mission capability of the United States Air Force.

Ford, a native of Miramar, Florida, graduated from Florida State University in 1989 with a B.S. in business administration. He is an avid runner and triathlete and competes in numerous events each year, including a marathon each of the past 13 years as well as several 70.3 Half Ironman events over that same period.

He and his wife, Judy, live in Tampa, and have two sons, Brian III and Brandon. The couple is celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary this coming August. Judy is an active member of the Buccaneer Women’s Organization, which hosts charitable functions and community service projects in Tampa Bay throughout the year. Oldest son Brian III is a senior at Florida State University while Brandon is entering his sophomore year at their parents’ alma mater.

Tampa Bay Seminole Club at Alumni Association Leadership Conference

Members of the Tampa Bay Seminole Club attended the FSU Alumni Association Leadership Conference on April 6-8, 2017. The conference was a meeting of many Seminole Club representatives from all over the United States. The Tampa Bay Seminole Club was represented by President Grant Mehlich and board members Amber Kukulya and Michael Lortz.

Among the Tampa Bay Seminole Club highlights of the Leadership Conference were Club President Grant Mehlich assisting other clubs on how to coordinate big events, hearing FSU President John Thrasher speak, having board member Michael Lortz win an FSU grill, and most importantly, receiving an award for the Tampa Bay Seminole Club's $50,000 donation to the FSU CARE program.

A lot of information was shared and great ideas exchanged. Overall, the FSU Alumni Association Leadership Conference was a success.

Tampa Bay Bizwomen Mentoring Program to Feature Several Tampa Noles

The Tampa Bay Business Journal is hosting a business women's mentoring event on Monday, April 3rd that includes several successful Tampa Bay Seminoles.

According to the TBBJ, the event is one of many taking place across the nation as a way to connect women in business with mentors.

"This event is one of 43 that is being held by Business Journals all over the country involving about 8,600 women who will be mentored and another 1,700 women mentors. That means nearly 10,000 of the best and brightest women from Albany to Honolulu are taking part in strengthening the community of strong business women in America."

FSU alumnae participating in the Tampa Bay event include:

  • Altrichia Cook CEO, Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear
  • Kelly A. Flannery President & CEO, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Amber Kukulya, PHR, SHRM-CP, Senior Manager, Human Resources, Minor League Baseball
  • Carly Ochs Owner, Bourbon & Boweties
  • Joanne Sullivan, CFRE Director of Community Relations, USF Health

For more information on the TBBJ Bizwomen Mentoring Event, click here

Another Successful Seminole Service Day

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club assisted the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Saturday, March 18 for the 2017 Seminole Service Day. The event was a great success, with over 30 local Seminoles volunteering their time to help out the local shelter.

We would like to thank the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for the opportunity to help! If you would like to help, their website is http://humanesocietytampa.org

Tampa Noles Seminole Service Day: March 18, 2017!

Please join us as we volunteer at the local Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Seminole Service Day is a nationwide event where volunteers in the local community help out another organization in need. Tampa Bay Seminole Club is honored and pleased to be working with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay!

The First 30 volunteers to arrive will be receiving a very special T-shirt!

Saturday, March 18 at 10 AM - 2 PM

Humane Society of Tampa Bay
3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, Florida 33607

Derrick Brooks Named Tampa Citizen of the Year

Former Nole and current Tampa resident Derrick Brooks was named Tampa's Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Tampa Metro Civitan Club earlier this month.

Brooks, who played football for FSU and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was awarded for his long list of community work.

According to the Tampa Bay Times:

"Brooks, president of the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football team and co-founder of Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School, also founded Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., which donates about $700,000 annually to help young people get educational opportunities."

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club congratulates Derrick Brooks on his award of Tampa Citizen of the Year! Read more on Derrick Brooks' award here.

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