Fun Fact: I’m a HUGE history nerd!
In order to be a part of something, you NEED to understand and appreciate the history behind the entity. With that said, enjoy a little history lesson behind the Tampa Bay Strongman Classic.
I returned from Iraq in November of 2011. I was slated to stay overseas for 6 months longer, but due to a death in the family and the fact that the U.S. was exiting the country of Iraq in December 2011, I returned to my family early. When I returned, I immediately began training for a strongman show again. In February of 2012, I approached the attorneys of ROMAN & ROMAN, P.A. about putting on a premier strength athletics event in the Tampa Bay area. They were on board and shortly there after, the inaugural Tampa Bay Strongman Classic was born. Since then, we’ve put on 4 VERY successful TBSMC’s and is considered by many to be the biggest and best strongman event in the southeast.
This couldn’t have happened without the support from my faithful sponsors throughout the years, and none more influential than ROMAN & ROMAN, P.A.
If you’re a veteran of the show, you’re probably wondering what happened last year and I would be foolish not to address that thought. Simply put, a difference in opinions on the sanctioning body lead to a temporary separation of the show from the law firm. With that said, senior attorney Tom Roman and I have agreed that unity is best for the sport in Florida and have agreed to put any misunderstandings to bed and move forward together, for the sake of the athletes and the sanctity of the sport.
We’re glad to be working together again and I feel that athletes will be the REAL winners from this reunion of resources and experience.
Tom and his staff will be on site again this year with their large tent and staff. When you see them out there, be sure to stop by and thank them for supporting strongman, the promoters and most importantly, the athletes. -Donnie