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Player Outreach

Jackson in Action 83 Foundation

Focus: Military Families

Vincent Jackson launched the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation on Veterans Day in November 2012.  The foundation’s mission is to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of children in military families.  The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is especially close to Vincent’s heart because he knows what it’s like growing up in a military family.

As a child, his father was deployed to Germany and Panama, leaving Vincent and his mom at home.  He feels that one of the real threats to a close bond between military parents and their children is their deployment away from home.  Vincent’s desire is to parlay his success in football into an organization that can help military parents maintain close relationships with their kids, no matter the physical distance that may separate them.

One of the more prominent initiatives of the Foundation began in 2014, when Jackson and his wife, Lindsey, took pen to paper for a unique and impactful children’s book that would both serve as an outlet for the challenges Jackson faced as a military child as well as support the lives of a younger generation enduring the same experiences. The title of the book is Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment. In 2016, Vincent and Lindsey launched their second title in the Danny Dogtags series with Danny Dogtags: Soccer Superhero. Jackson has collected various awards and accolades for the work of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation including being voted the NFL’s USAA “Salute to Service” Award Winner in 2015.

Front Row Fans Program: Jackson In Action

Juvenile Diabetes & Buccaneers Academies

Focus: Youth Outreach

Winston works closely with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and as the cornerstone event, Jameis holds his famous Holiday Jamboree. Every year, he invites a group of underserved children selected by United Way Suncoast to come to One Buc Place and play Xbox One. In the spirit of the holidays, each child is surprised with a gift bag full of holiday presents. Later that same evening, Winston will host a toy collection drive at Bill Currie Ford where he will sign autographs for the first 250 people who bring a new, unwrapped toy. Additionally, Winston served as the celebrity starter at “One Walk to Cure Diabetes” at Amalie Arena on April 2, 2016.

Another cause close to Winston’s heart is the Buccaneers Academy program. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, Jameis has become the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ “Buccaneers Academy” school program, in which 24 elementary schools are provided with incentive-based programs and monthly challenges that provide fun, engaging and motivating opportunities to learn.

Other youth outreach efforts Winston participates in are his “Dream Forever” Football Camp as well as a free football clinic at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. He also visits with the Boys & Girls Club in Hueytown, Alabama as well as the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children.

Front Row Fans Program: Famous Jameis'

Single-Parent Families Outreach

Focus: Youth Outreach

As a child of a single-parent family, Gerald McCoy has made it his mission to ease the burdens of single parents and their children. One of McCoy’s main initiatives is the McCoy Family Christmas, an annual tradition to honor the spirit of his mother, Patricia Diane, who passed away in 2007. Gerald and his family provide Christmas for several families each year. Families are treated to a Christmas dinner as well as receive gifts from McCoy and his family.

In addition to his holiday giving, McCoy started the Gerald McCoy Youth Football Clinic. The inaugural Tampa clinic, hosted by McCoy and featuring some Buccaneers teammates, provides a special day for children of single-parent households. The one-day football camp offers football instruction to local children, ages seven to 14, with an emphasis on fundamentals, teamwork and discipline. A large number of children in attendance come from single-parent households through the United Way Suncoast and were hosted free of charge by Gerald McCoy.

McCoy, a proud wearer of eyeglasses, also serves as a Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program spokesperson. “I dealt with the same thing when I was a kid,” said McCoy. “I had issues reading, not because I couldn’t read – I couldn’t see. Eliminate that problem altogether and these test scores are going to shoot through the roof because the kids are smart enough. They just couldn’t see, but now they can see, so it’s great.”

Front Row Fans Program: Gerald's Little Giants

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS NATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR YOUTH MENTORING

Focus: Youth Outreach

Lavonte David was named a Big Brothers Big Sisters “BIG Champion” on June 29, 2016. BIG Champions are Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s celebrity ambassadors who embody a passion for mentorship. They provide a powerful voice that speaks on behalf of the national organization. David’s efforts for BBBS include the Lavonte David Charity Bowling Tournament Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Started in 2015, Lavonte David hosts the special fundraiser to help the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay agency reach more Bigs who want to make a difference in the life of a child.

Front Row Fans Program: Lavonte's Legends

Front Row Fans Program

Each home game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers players host fans from a number of nonprofit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Fans are seated in the front-row end zone seats and provided t-shirts with the name of their player or coach’s ticket group. To submit your nonprofit organization for consideration click here.



PLAYER NAME

PROGRAM NAME

Ayers Jr., Robert

Ayers Jr.’s Juniors’

David, Lavonte

Lavonte’s Legends (Youth Mentorship)

Dotson, Demar

Dotson’s Do-Gooders

Evans, Mike

Evans’ End Zone Club

Gholston, Will

Gholston’s Crusaders

Jackson, Vincent

Jackson in Action (Military Families)

Licht, Jason

Licht’s Brigade

McCoy, Gerald

Gerald’s Little Giants (Single Parent Families)

McDonald, Clinton

More Than Conquerors

Smith, Donovan

Donovan’s Den (Autism and Related Disabilities)

Spence, Akeem

Akeem’s Lil’ Dream Chasers

Stocker, Luke

Stocker’s Blockers

Tandy, Keith

Tandyland

Verner, Alterraun

Verner’s Victors (Education for Youth)

Winston, Jameis

Famous Jameis’ (Juvenile Diabetes)