TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, October 2.
(1) Livestrong Day
Tuesday is Livestrong Day, a day to show support for cancer survivors.
Livestrong Day is sponsored by cyclist's Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.
Today every message posted in support of cancer survivors on Facebook and Twitter will benefit the foundation.
Generous donors have pledged to give the Lance Armstrong Foundation $1 towards programs and services that directly support people fighting cancer for every message posted on the two social media websites.
The foundation has set a goal of 100,000 messages shared today.
To post your own message, visit www.livestrong.org .
(2) John Boehner campaigns for Mitt Romney
Speaker of the House John Boehner is scheduled to campaign for Mitt Romney in southwest Florida on Tuesday.
The Romney campaign reports Boehner will visit their Naples Victory Office on Tamiami Trail in Naples at 10:00 a.m.
Doors for the meet-and-greet event will open at 9:00 a.m.
(3) National Campaign against Felony Disenfranchisement
The NAACP will launch a national felony disenfranchisement campaign in Florida on Tuesday.
The campaign features billboards of formerly incarcerated citizens from across the country, including celebrity activists Judge Greg Mathis and actor Charles S. Dutton.
Currently, nearly six million people are disenfranchised because of felony disenfranchisement laws. More than 4.4 million of them are no longer incarcerated.
Florida is one of four states that continue to disenfranchise felons even after they have completed all of the terms of their sentence.
The campaign launch will occur on the steps of the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee at 10:00 a.m.
(4) The King's Men in concert
Gospel music greats Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton will perform in concert on The King's Men tour at the USF Sun Dome on Tuesday.
“In the Gospel world, this is like Springsteen, McCartney, Prince and Elton hitting the road together,” said Kevin Morrow, Senior Vice President of Touring at Live Nation. “It’s going to be a once in a lifetime event for music fans.”
Sixteen choir members of the Bible-Based Fellowship Church in Carrollwood will open tonight's concert. The church members have been practicing for the show for the past two weeks.
Gospel music is not known to attract extremely big crowds, but Live Nation believes that can change with the right publicity.
The four King's Men singers have made prominent appearances on radio and television, including ABC's The View. Live Nation has also promoted the concert tour with many television commercials.
“The opportunity to partner with Live Nation is a great honor and responsibility," said Kirk Franklin. "The genre of gospel music having this kind of massive marketing support is monumental, and the talent on this tour makes it a must-see event!”
Tonight concert begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.sundomearena.com .
(5) Adam Greenberg gets an at bat
In July 2005, Chicago Cubs rookie Adam Greenberg was struck in the head in the first pitch in his first plate appearance in the Major Leagues.
Greenberg suffered vertigo after the incident. He worked hard to try to make it back to the Majors, but never advanced higher than the Double-A level.
Following a successful online petition campaign by filmmaker Matt Liston, a Chicago Cubs fan, Greenberg will finally get his chance for a Major League at-bat.
A player struck by a pitch is credited only with a plate appearance and not an official at-bat.
With the blessing of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, the Miami Marlins signed Greenberg to a one day contract. He will get his at-bat in the same city where he was struck in the head seven years ago.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen does not expect to start Greenberg, but insert him into the line-up as a pinch hitter somewhere in the game.
Tonight's game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.
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