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Bucs Volunteer at Hometown Huddle

Posted Oct 5, 2016

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers closed down One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday to rejuvenate Sulphur Springs Resource Center and Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School, a Buccaneers Academy, in partnership with United Way Suncoast.

Wednesday was a day of revitalization, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shut down One Buccaneer place and brought all of their employees out to participate in the Bucs for a Better Bay “Hometown Huddle” service project.

“Hometown Huddle” is an NFL wide initiative where teams take part in service projects, host youth football clinics, and help keep kids active and healthy.  The “Hometown Huddle” service project is part of Bucs for a Better Bay the Buccaneers far reaching commitment to improving Tampa communities now and for generations to come.

Led by Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Co-President of the Glazer Family Foundation, the entire Buccaneers organization including staff, Cheerleaders, Captain Fear, and Buccaneers players Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, Cameron Brate, Donovan Smith, Will Gholston, Kevin Pamphile, Akeem Spence, Ryan Smith, Chris Conte and Ryan Griffin, teamed up with United Way Suncoast volunteers and Mayor Bob Buckhorn to renovate Sulphur Springs Resource Center and Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School, a Buccaneers Academy since 2012.

“This makes a difference” said Mayor Buckhorn, inspiring volunteers as they spent the morning at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School updating landscaping, painting picnic tables, reading to students, leading Play 60 Drills, and providing new school supply care kits.  Outreach efforts continued across the street at the Resource Center where volunteers painted, installed new carpet, and spruced up landscaping where needed. 

Both the school and the Resource Center are positive fixtures in the underserved Tampa neighborhood where they are located, making their preservation vital to residents of Sulphur Springs.

“This is now a neighborhood that is on the way back,” Mayor Buckhorn told Buccaneers volunteers. “The kids see hope and they see opportunity. Because you are here, there are lives that are being changed.”

The Bucs for a Better Bay “Hometown Huddle” project was especially meaningful to Buccaneers players who participated in renovation projects at both the Resource center and school, as well as positively engaging with students. “It’s so important to be out here,” said Buccaneers Linebacker Lavonte David.  “You never know what this might do for a kid.”

The Bucs for a Better Bay “Hometown Huddle” service project is more than just a donation of time and resources.  It is a long term investment in the community of Sulphur Springs and an extension of the Buccaneers’ far reaching and enduring commitment to improving communities throughout Tampa Bay. 

“Today really embodies everything that we are all about,” said Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Co-President of the Glazer Family Foundation.  “To inspire and empower the community of Sulphur Springs is important to everyone one at the Buccaneers, and our commitment to Sulphur Springs is everlasting.”