Source 1 Solutions Honors Heroes at Shriner’s Children’s Clearwater Elite Invitational Presented By EvoShield

Clearwater-Based Tech Company Hosts Veterans and First Responders for VIP Suite Experience at National College Softball Tournament

Feb 19. 2024- Clearwater, Fla.- This past weekend, Source 1 Solutions (S1S) hosted dozens of first responders, active military and veterans for a VIP experience at the Shriner’s Children’s Clearwater Invitational, a tournament that welcomed the nation’s top college softball teams to compete ahead of the regular season. The Source 1 Solutions “Heroes Hangout”, co-sponsored by Ashley Furniture, included a front row seat on the third base line, free food and a full open bar for invitees to enjoy.

USAF Veteran Enjoying Friday’s Games from The Source 1 Solutions Heroes Hangout

“When ESPN approached us with the opportunity to host the ‘Heroes Hangout’ at a tournament ‘where women are changing the game’ it was an easy yes from us,” said Founder and CEO Robert Hessel, who is a 4th generation military veteran and dad to 2 girls. “We at Source 1 believe that if people feel safe, a city can thrive, so supporting military and first responders has become a core part of our community involvement. This opportunity couldn’t align more perfectly with our company’s values.”

The Shriners Children’s Hospital Clearwater Elite Invitational, presented by EvoShield, was one of the first collegiate softball tournaments to be broadcast on ESPN’s main distribution channel. It welcomed six of the top 10 teams in the country, including #2 UCLA, #3 Stanford, #4 Florida State, as well as others in the top 20, including, #11 LSU, #12 Washington and #16 Georgia. Tickets to the much-anticipated tournament sold out in four minutes this year.

S1S sponsored food, drinks and private seating on the 3rd base line for Veterans, First Responders and their families

The suite was hosted during Friday and Saturday’s games on field three and offered a full open bar and game-day style food from JR’s Sports Pub. The bar and restaurant are set to soft open in Largo sometime in March and will be fully family-friendly and accessible to those effected by disabilities. It will offer indoor and outdoor activities for both children and adults including bounce houses, pool tables, darts, and video games. It’ll also take accessibility “to a new level” with wheelchair-friendly bar seating that will elevate a wheelchair user to the bar’s height. Additionally, JR’s will offer a sensory-friendly room for those who have difficulty with overstimulating environments to de-escalate safely.

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About Source 1 Solutions: Source 1 Solutions is a global managed service provider that monitors, manages, and maintains everything that touches enterprise technology. Through leveraging relationships across the world, they partner with truly great companies to expand their technological capabilities and extend their geographic reach. They specialize in solutions that help create a culture of safety and reliability within any organization, and guarantee 24/7/365 live support from their team of expertly qualified engineers.

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