2021 Miami Host Committee and Ambetter from Sunshine Health Bring Championship Community Celebration to Miami Gardens August 15


MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (2021miami.com) – The Host Committee for the 2021 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship (2021 Miami Host Committee) is teaming up with Ambetter from Sunshine Health, Farm Share, Inc., the City of Miami Gardens and Mayor Oliver Gilbert to ensure South Florida families can safely prepare for school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteers will distribute food, sanitation items, backpacks and back-to-school necessities – while supplies last – at the drive-thru only event beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex (3000 NW 199th St. in Miami Gardens).

“Hosting the 2021 CFP National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium on Jan. 11, 2021 will be the culmination of a months-long community celebration,” said 2021 Miami Host Committee Chair Judge Michael Chavies. “While the game is expected to generate significant economic impact and international media exposure for the region, it is important that we also leave a legacy of giving back to the South Florida community. At a time when so many are facing challenging circumstances, the Host Committee and our partners want to do our part.”

The event will comply with all local, state and federal guidelines regarding public gatherings.

“We’re proud to support the Miami Host Committee to provide essential school supplies for children in our community,” said Charlene Zein, Senior Vice President, Ambetter from Sunshine Health. “Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that every child has the supplies they need to succeed in school.”

Ambetter from Sunshine Health is the title sponsor of the event, providing a variety of school supplies for the community. The College Football Playoff Foundation is providing backpacks that will be filled with the school supplies, plus reusable masks, hand sanitizer and other items. Also supporting the supply distribution are associate sponsors Baptist Health and TBC Corporation.

In addition, the 2021 Miami Host Committee is partnering with Farm Share, Florida’s homegrown food bank that distributes more than 104 million pounds of fresh produce and non-perishable goods to in-need Floridians every year, to provide meals for those in need during this event.

The celebration is one of a series of events organized by the 2021 Miami Host Committee leading up to the 2021 CFP National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11. Future events are planned in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

For more information, visit the Events page.

About the 2021 Miami Host Committee
The Host Committee for the 2021 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship (2021 Miami) is a collaborative effort of the entire community, South Florida municipalities, visitors’ bureaus, the Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium and led by the Orange Bowl Committee, which previously has hosted 20 college football national championships in its 87 years of existence. The game is expected to generate tremendous economic impact and international media exposure for the region, while the Host Committee is committed to a creating a significant legacy of giving back to South Florida. The Miami 2021 Host Committee Board is populated by a diverse group of South Florida leaders. The Host Committee has planned a series of community events leading up to the 2021 CFP National Championship Game on Jan. 11, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium. For more information on supporting the Championship effort, log on to 2021miami.com or follow the @2021miami on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Ambetter from Sunshine Health
Headquartered in Sunrise and with offices across the state, Sunshine Health is among the largest healthcare plans in Florida. Offering coordinated care and a network of support for our members, Sunshine Health is transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise. We offer government-sponsored managed care through Medicaid, Long Term Care, the Health Insurance Marketplace (Ambetter) and Medicare (Allwell). Sunshine Health is now affiliated with WellCare Health Plan’s Florida health plans, including Staywell Health Plan and WellCare of Florida Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans. Our specialty plans include the Child Welfare Specialty Plan serving children in or adopted from the state’s Child Welfare system; and the Staywell Specialty Health Plan for people living with serious mental illness. We also operate the Children’s Medical Services on behalf of the Department of Health, serving children with special healthcare needs. For more information, visit SunshineHealth.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SunHealthFL.

About Farm Share
In 1991, food waste led to the creation of one of the nation’s most sustainable food charities, Farm Share. The organization’s founder, Patricia Robbins Alger, discovered that thousands of pounds of perfectly good fruits and vegetables were discarded daily by farmers and others because they weren’t “pretty” enough to sell commercially. Using the fresh produce for good, Farm Share began to distribute the food to agencies, soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and churches at no cost, helping feed Florida’s most in-need residents.

Today, Farm Share is led by CEO Stephen Shelley, and it serves more than 2,000 partnering agencies and provides more than 88 million pounds of food annually – still at no cost – with the help of thousands of volunteers. Farm Share serves all 67 counties in Florida through its warehouses in Quincy, Jacksonville, Florida City, Homestead, and Pompano Beach. To learn more visit www.farmshare.org.