TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Port Ministries announce today that they will honor the late George Steinbrenner with the Captain James McKay Award at the 13th Annual Anchor Ball on October 4, an annual charity event that supports the Tampa Seafarers’ Center located on the port. The Seafarers’ Center, staffed by dedicated volunteers, serves the crews of cargo and cruise ships that visit the port from all over the world by meeting the physical, social and spiritual needs of seafarers, often of modest means, who spend weeks and months at sea away from their home and families. The port and Tampa Port Ministries will also be launching a scholarship program, in Mr. Steinbrenner’s name, for graduates of the Hillsborough County Schools’ new high school maritime studies program, the creation of which was led by the Propeller Club chapter at the Port of Tampa.
Tampa Port Ministries will present the prestigious Captain James McKay Award to the Steinbrenner family on October 4. Accepting the award in his honor will be Mr. Steinbrenner’s widow, Joan Steinbrenner, and daughter Jenny Steinbrenner Swindal.
Mr. Steinbrenner left a legacy at Port Tampa Bay earning him deep respect throughout the maritime community. During his 21 years at the helm of Tampa Shipyards he charted a course of progress and expansion. Thanks to his leadership of Bay Transportation/St. Philip Towing, Tampa became the first port in the U.S. Gulf to use tractor tugs, a tradition of innovation that lives on today at Marine Towing.
The James McKay Award is named in honor of the Scottish-born schooner Captain James McKay, traditionally acknowledged as a father of the Port, who in the mid-1800s began running ships between Tampa, Mobile and New Orleans, as well as shipping cattle to Cuba, and who went on to serve as Mayor of Tampa. He was active in shipping and trading before, during and after the Civil War.
“This recognition of Mr. George Steinbrenner and creation of a new scholarship program in his name is a perfect way to reflect and honor a man who helped make this port into what it is today, at the same time helping shape the future leaders of the maritime industry through this amazing program the Port has with the Hillsborough County Schools,” commented Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson.
About the maritime curriculum:
The Maritime & Marine Environmental Science Honors Academy is a new magnet program aimed at educating and encouraging young people to pursue careers within the diverse spectrum of maritime-related industries. The academy is Hillsborough County Public Schools’ only maritime magnet program, using hands-on activities, laboratory research and an externship, to prepare students for a wide variety of maritime-industry careers. Tampa is a perfect location for this type of curriculum because the city itself is rooted in maritime history and has the state’s largest and most diversified seaport—one of the largest and busiest ports in the U.S.
Students are provided a four-year curriculum focused on ecological, environmental and international maritime studies, and are challenged through their participation in rigorous Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, and honors level coursework.
“After seeing the types of learning experiences being offered in this benchmark maritime program, I am very encouraged about the building of a qualified, enthusiastic workforce for the Tampa area maritime community, which is very large and broad. These young people are very fortunate to be in a school district that has recognized the value of a strong port and maritime presence here in Tampa, and that is aligning their students to be a part of a sustainable, well-trained work force for future generations,” Anderson said.
About the Anchor Ball:
WHAT: 13th Annual Port Tampa Bay Anchor Ball charity event and silent auction, supporting the International Seafarers’ Center; new maritime scholarship fund in conjunction with Hillsborough County Schools; presentation of prestigious Captain James McKay Award to the late George Steinbrenner.
WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:00—10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 3, @ 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa
WHO: Port community, business community, supporters