TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, September 18.
(1) Rick Casares memorial service
Tampa football legend Rick Casares will be remembered during a memorial service on Wednesday. He died at his Tampa home on Friday at the age of 82.
Casares was a star athlete at Jefferson High School. His number 60 was retired by the school in 1998. He also set a state record in the javelin, a track-and-field event he had never previously competed in.
Casares went to University of Florida where he was All-Southeastern Conference selection in both football and basketball.
The Chicago Bears selected Casares in the second round of the 1954 NFL Draft. He was a member of the 1953 Bears team that won the 1963 NFL championship team.
In 1956 Casares became the sixth NFL player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in what was then a 12-game season. When he left the Bears, Casares ended as the team's all-time leading rusher, a mark that would be broken two decades later by Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton.
Casares is survived by Polly, his wife of 46 years; a grandson, step-daughter, a sister and many cousins.
The memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. at Gonzalez Funeral Home at 7209 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. The burial will be private.
(2) $400 million Powerball drawing
Florida Lottery players may want to try their luck on Wednesday.
The multi-state Powerball lottery's jackpot is worth an estimated $400 million. A winner can also chose to take a one-time lump sump payment of $223.6 million before taxes.
The Powerball drawing is held at the Florida Lottery's studio in Tallahassee at 10:59 p.m.
Tickets for tonight's drawing must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510.
For more information, visit http://www.powerball.com .
(3) Cozi Zuehlsdorff hosts Winter, the Dolphin That Can
Cozi Zuehlsdorff will host a screening of the new film Winter, the Dolphin That Can at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Wednesday.
Zuehlsdorff starred as Hazel in the original Dolphin Tale movie and will appear in its upcoming sequel, Dolphin Tale 2.
Zuehlsdorff is host in Winter, the Dolphin That Can. The movie takes viewers on the real-life journey of Winter. It goes behind the scenes of her rescue, rehabilitation, development of her prosthetic tail and shows some of the children who have had their lives changed by Winter's story.
Today's screening at 4:00 p.m. is on a first-come, first-served basis. You must sign up in advance and receive a confirmation of being selected by going to www.ifwintercanican.com/cozi-event/ .
Admission to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is required to attend the film screening event.
For more information about the aquarium, visit http://www.seewinter.com .
(4) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues
The Tampa Bay Lightning opens up their pre-season schedule on Wednesday night with a game against the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Lightning stars Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis will not play in tonight's game.
The lineup for the game includes forwards Teddy Purcell, Nate Thompson, Valtteri Filppula and J.T. Brown; defensemen Matt Carle, Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas; and goaltenders Cedrick Desjardins and Kristers Gudlevskis.
Tonight's game begins at 7:00 p.m.
The Lightning will be back at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Nashville Predators.
For more information, visit lightning.nhl.com .
(5) Top off the Trop
Brett Morgan of the Morgan Automotive Group is leading the effort to help sell out Tropicana Field for Wednesday night's nationally televised game against the Texas Rangers.
The campaign, called "Top Off the Trop", wants to demonstrate the strong support the Rays receive from the Tampa Bay community.
"We are sometimes criticized for the Rays' complex stadium issues and a perceived lack of support for our team, which couldn't be further from the truth," said Morgan. "We're here to demonstrate the passion surrounding our team, and we are rabid in our support of the Rays and what they mean to Tampa Bay."
Morgan says the sellout of a mid-week game would go a long way to showing the rest of the baseball world that Tampa Bay deserves a Major League Baseball team.
First pitch for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
You can find out more about the effort to sellout Tropicana Field by visiting www.facebook.com/TopOffTheTrop .
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