June 22, 2017 – Pro Tan and USA Sports Promotions announce the 37th National Physique Committee (NPC) Southern States Championships and IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Cup Pro Bikini Competition will be held July 7-8 at the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“I’m in awe of how the popularity of this event has grown over the years,” says Peter W. Potter, president of USA Sports Promotions and national NPC vice president. “It’s become more than a competition. With a vendor showcase that includes fitness clothing, training accessories, supplements, and equipment, it’s become a community.”
The competition has a local connection with its sponsor Pro Tan®. Founded by Stacy Kaufman, Pro Tan® began as a local Florida business in 1987, but soon became known worldwide as the “Revlon” of bodybuilding, providing competition tanning products for all athletes. Pro Tan® revolutionized bodybuilding competitions by being the first to introduce competitors with an instant “Paint-on” sunless tanning liquid, which we all know as spray tanning nowadays, which Kaufman says “provides the perfect contest bronze needed for competition.”
“This event is a perfect fit for us,” says Kaufman. “We love the sport of bodybuilding and competitors all need a dark tan to highlight their true definition under the stage lights! Having spent 30 plus years in the industry the timing couldn’t be any better for our Pro Tan® brand to give back to our roots as the sport continues to gain popularity with different classes of athletes.”
Winner of the 2015 NPC Nationals / IFBB Pro and 2017 IFBB NY Pro, guest poser Sergio Oliva, Jr, son of Sergio “The Myth” Oliva, sees bodybuilding as a continuation of his father’s legacy. A member of the Cuban weightlifting team that defected to Miami in 1961, Oliva senior was the first bodybuilder to win the Mr. Olympia competition, and the last man to defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger in competition.
During a special event prior to the competition, guest poser Steve Lister, the 2017 IFBB Wheelchair National Champion – IFBB Pro champion, will be sharing his knowledge at a free seminar July 7 at 1 p.m. at The ZOO Health Club, 1427 E. Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, Fla. Lister is a physician assistant in cardiovascular medicine and an adaptive athlete who will discuss the essentials of basic health and wellness.
The Head Judge and honored guest at this year’s competition is Women’s Chairperson IFBB and NPC, Sandy Williamson from Riverside, Calif. One of the largest regional national qualifiers, the NPC Southern States Championship encompasses fitness, figure, bodybuilding, and bikini as well as women’s and men’s physique categories.
Friday’s competition features Women’s Fitness, Figure, Bikini, and Men’s Physique events. Saturday’s events include Men’s & Women’s Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, and Women’s Physique. Prejudging begins at 9 a.m. on both days, and the evening shows begin at 6 p.m.
General admission tickets for pre-judging are $25. Show tickets are $30 for reserved seating, and $40 for VIP admission each evening of the competition. Parking is free.
Tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster, or call the War Memorial box office at 954-828-5380.
Visit npcsouthernstates.com for more information about the 2017 NPC Southern States Championships and IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Cup Pro Bikini Competition.