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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

Community Ticket Program

Each home game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers players host fans from a number of nonprofit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area. To submit your nonprofit organization for consideration click here.