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December 27, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. -- Players andcoaches from the Auburn Tigers and Minnesota Golden Gophers football teams helpedbring some holiday cheer to patients at Tampa General Hospital today. In Tampafor the Outback Bowl, team members took a break from bowl practice andactivities to spend time lifting spirits and talking sports.

"We love to see the kids' faceslight up as these incredible coaches and athletes come into the room," said JimMcVay, the Outback Bowl's President & CEO. "We're proud that we can deliverthese moments that make the Outback Bowl so much more than a game in ourregion."

Playerswent room-to-room distributing posters, pennants, t-shirts s and signing autographs.

RepresentingAuburn were Coach Gus Malzahn & Kristi Malzahn, Marlon Davidson, DerrickBrown, Eli Stove, Daniel Thomas, Jeremiah Dinson, Noah Igbinoghene K.J. Britt, BoNix, Kam Martin, Arryn Siposs, Mike Horton and Marquel Harrell. Minnesotarepresentatives included Coach P.J.Fleck,Heather Fleck, Tanner Morgan, Casey O'Brien, Thomas Barber, Mohamed Ibrahim,Seth Green and Winston DeLattiboudere.

The 2020 Outback Bowl will kick-offat 1:00 P.M. ET on January 1st in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets are availableat For special ticket packages, contact theOutback Bowl office at (813) 874-2695.

More information on Outback Bowlevents, area hotels, restaurants and attractions can be found online at can follow the teams throughout the week with daily updates and photogalleries on the Outback Bowl web site and on the Bowl's Facebook, Instagramand Twitter pages.


The Outback Bowl attracts localfans and visitors from more than 40 states each year for the game and week ofevents while generating tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region.The Bowl boasts the longest title sponsor in bowl game history, with OutbackSteakhouse celebrating its 25th year with the game. The Bowl has contributedover $155 million to universities over its history and is estimated to havegenerated more than $1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay area overthis time. It has also contributed more than $1.5 million to area charitiessince 2016 and has committed to paying an additional $39 million touniversities and donating at least $3 million more to charities through the2026 game.