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Darcie Glazer Kassewitz
Co-President, Glazer Family Foundation

DARCIE GLAZER KASSEWITZ

CO-PRESIDENT, GLAZER FAMILY FOUNDATION


Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Co-President of the Glazer Family Foundation, has worked tirelessly during her family’s ownership of the team to ensure that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ value to the community extends well beyond the playing field. Kassewitz has been the driving force behind the Buccaneers and the Foundation’s forward-thinking community outreach efforts and ensures that the core mission of making a difference in the lives of Tampa Bay area residents is carried out.

Established in 1999, the Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes focusing on children and families in the West Central Florida region. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated millions of dollars in support of this cause.

In August of 2015, Kassewitz introduced the Women of RED – an innovative fan engagement program focused on enhancing and improving the fan experience. In its highly-anticipated debut season, Women of RED was called “the tipping point for a genuine connection to fans”, attracting thousands of women to major events that offered a wide variety of interactive experiences, exclusive behind-the-scenes access, and the opportunity to interact with former Buccaneers legends and current executives.

Through a lead gift, the Glazer Family Foundation is proud to have brought the world-class Glazer Children’s Museum to Tampa as part of its ongoing dedication to children and families. A new way for children to become lifelong learners and leaders, the Children’s Museum opened on September 25th, 2010. This one-of-a-kind museum instantly became the featured destination for children and families in Tampa Bay, providing 53,000-square feet of space for safe and playful learning.

A commitment to education plays a central role to the Glazer Family Foundation’s core mission and in the fall of 2013, Kassewitz launched the Buccaneers Academies. Serving over 14,000 youth and 2,000 teachers in Hillsborough County, these 24 schools are provided with support from Buccaneers players, cheerleaders and staff including incentive-based programs and monthly challenges that offer engaging, and motivating opportunities to learn. Each Buccaneers Academy also receives a Buccaneers-themed Fitness Zone with a covered court to promote active and safe outdoor play.  Additionally, upon completion of fifth grade, every Buccaneers Academies graduating student receives a Ticket to the Future, the commitment from the Buccaneers to grant students a job interview upon their graduation from college.

Kassewitz has also been the driving force behind the Glazer Family Foundation’s highly successful Vision Program, founded in 2006 to provide schoolchildren with an opportunity to have vision problems identified in school at an early age. To date, the Foundation has donated vision screening equipment to eight counties in West Central Florida. The Vision Mobile, a fun, interactive mobile eye clinic spearheaded by Kassewitz in 2009, provides the final step in vision services to correct students’ inability to see clearly by providing free eye exams and prescription eyeglasses to children at Title One schools. Since 2009, the Vision Mobile has conducted more than 65,000 eye screenings, performed 11,000 eye exams and provided more than 9,000 pairs of eye glasses to disadvantaged children. In October of 2015, Kassewitz and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy unveiled a brand new Buccaneers-themed Vision Mobile, a customized RV that includes a rebranded exterior with engaging, interactive, kid-friendly features.

As part of the Buccaneers’ support of Breast Cancer awareness, Kassewitz hosts the annual Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk & Corporate Challenge, which has evolved into one of the premier events of its kind in the Tampa Bay region. The Buccaneers welcomed more than 4,300 participants to the most recent race, and since 2013, has topped $100,000 in donations towards breast cancer awareness and patient services benefitting the American Cancer Society, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, the Florida Hospital Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center.

To start every home Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, Kassewitz meets with children from local community groups on the field prior to kickoff as part of the Foundation’s Gameday For Kids program. To date, the Foundation has hosted more than 16,000 youth from organizations throughout the Bay area at Raymond James Stadium. Participating students are rewarded for academic achievement and positive behavior with complimentary game tickets, food vouchers and battle flags.

On the football side, Kassewitz has used her creative expertise to help shape the Buccaneers’ world-class facilities. Kassewitz set out to design a football stadium deemed worthy of a first-class organization, thereby creating a winning environment and revolutionizing fan experience and comfort. She ultimately shaped every detail of the interior of Raymond James Stadium, including the design of the expansive club levels, luxury suites and the Lower Galley restaurant. A massive undertaking, the stadium opened on time and budget to rave reviews, earning nods as the “Crown Jewel of the NFL.”

Tampa Bay’s training facility, which opened to high praise from across the National Football League in August 2006, is a technological marvel and sets a new standard of excellence for training facilities in the NFL. Kassewitz oversaw the entire interior design process for the team’s 136,320 square-foot state-of-the-art training facility, which encompasses the daily functions for all of the Buccaneers’ football and business operations.

One of the signatures of the training facility is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Museum, which was designed and produced by Kassewitz. The museum brings the Buccaneers’ history to life, including in-depth exhibits that tell the story of the franchise. Featured displays explore the creation of the team’s uniform and logo, a description of Buccaneers head coaches since the team’s inception in 1976, and the organization’s move to Raymond James Stadium and One Buccaneer Place. Additional exhibits explain the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, the establishment of the Glazer Family Foundation, and the continual efforts by Buccaneers players to make an impact in the community. Included are features dedicated to the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl victory, including special exhibits showcasing the Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl ring earned in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The lobby also includes the spectacular Moment of Victory sculpture exhibit, which depicts the moment when the Buccaneers were assured of their first World Championship and commemorates Tampa Bay’s victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXVII. Kassewitz not only came up with the concept for the sculptures, but oversaw the design and creation of this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

In addition to her responsibilities with the Glazer Family Foundation, she has served as Co-Chairwoman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Palm Beach. Kassewitz also serves on the Board of Manchester United Soccer Club, which has captured six titles since the Glazer family took over the club: five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title.

Kassewitz graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from American University in 1990. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School in 1993 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Kassewitz and her husband, Joel, reside in Tampa.

DARCIE GLAZER KASSEWITZ

CO-PRESIDENT, GLAZER FAMILY FOUNDATION


Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Co-President of the Glazer Family Foundation, has worked tirelessly during her family’s ownership of the team to ensure that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ value to the community extends well beyond the playing field. Kassewitz has been the driving force behind the Buccaneers and the Foundation’s forward-thinking community outreach efforts and ensures that the core mission of making a difference in the lives of Tampa Bay area residents is carried out.

Established in 1999, the Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes focusing on children and families in the West Central Florida region. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated millions of dollars in support of this cause.

In August of 2015, Kassewitz introduced the Women of RED – an innovative fan engagement program focused on enhancing and improving the fan experience. In its highly-anticipated debut season, Women of RED was called “the tipping point for a genuine connection to fans”, attracting thousands of women to major events that offered a wide variety of interactive experiences, exclusive behind-the-scenes access, and the opportunity to interact with former Buccaneers legends and current executives.

Through a lead gift, the Glazer Family Foundation is proud to have brought the world-class Glazer Children’s Museum to Tampa as part of its ongoing dedication to children and families. A new way for children to become lifelong learners and leaders, the Children’s Museum opened on September 25th, 2010. This one-of-a-kind museum instantly became the featured destination for children and families in Tampa Bay, providing 53,000-square feet of space for safe and playful learning.

A commitment to education plays a central role to the Glazer Family Foundation’s core mission and in the fall of 2013, Kassewitz launched the Buccaneers Academies. Serving over 14,000 youth and 2,000 teachers in Hillsborough County, these 24 schools are provided with support from Buccaneers players, cheerleaders and staff including incentive-based programs and monthly challenges that offer engaging, and motivating opportunities to learn. Each Buccaneers Academy also receives a Buccaneers-themed Fitness Zone with a covered court to promote active and safe outdoor play.  Additionally, upon completion of fifth grade, every Buccaneers Academies graduating student receives a Ticket to the Future, the commitment from the Buccaneers to grant students a job interview upon their graduation from college.

Kassewitz has also been the driving force behind the Glazer Family Foundation’s highly successful Vision Program, founded in 2006 to provide schoolchildren with an opportunity to have vision problems identified in school at an early age. To date, the Foundation has donated vision screening equipment to eight counties in West Central Florida. The Vision Mobile, a fun, interactive mobile eye clinic spearheaded by Kassewitz in 2009, provides the final step in vision services to correct students’ inability to see clearly by providing free eye exams and prescription eyeglasses to children at Title One schools. Since 2009, the Vision Mobile has conducted more than 65,000 eye screenings, performed 11,000 eye exams and provided more than 9,000 pairs of eye glasses to disadvantaged children. In October of 2015, Kassewitz and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy unveiled a brand new Buccaneers-themed Vision Mobile, a customized RV that includes a rebranded exterior with engaging, interactive, kid-friendly features.

As part of the Buccaneers’ support of Breast Cancer awareness, Kassewitz hosts the annual Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk & Corporate Challenge, which has evolved into one of the premier events of its kind in the Tampa Bay region. The Buccaneers welcomed more than 4,300 participants to the most recent race, and since 2013, has topped $100,000 in donations towards breast cancer awareness and patient services benefitting the American Cancer Society, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, the Florida Hospital Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center.

To start every home Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, Kassewitz meets with children from local community groups on the field prior to kickoff as part of the Foundation’s Gameday For Kids program. To date, the Foundation has hosted more than 16,000 youth from organizations throughout the Bay area at Raymond James Stadium. Participating students are rewarded for academic achievement and positive behavior with complimentary game tickets, food vouchers and battle flags.

On the football side, Kassewitz has used her creative expertise to help shape the Buccaneers’ world-class facilities. Kassewitz set out to design a football stadium deemed worthy of a first-class organization, thereby creating a winning environment and revolutionizing fan experience and comfort. She ultimately shaped every detail of the interior of Raymond James Stadium, including the design of the expansive club levels, luxury suites and the Lower Galley restaurant. A massive undertaking, the stadium opened on time and budget to rave reviews, earning nods as the “Crown Jewel of the NFL.”

Tampa Bay’s training facility, which opened to high praise from across the National Football League in August 2006, is a technological marvel and sets a new standard of excellence for training facilities in the NFL. Kassewitz oversaw the entire interior design process for the team’s 136,320 square-foot state-of-the-art training facility, which encompasses the daily functions for all of the Buccaneers’ football and business operations.

One of the signatures of the training facility is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Museum, which was designed and produced by Kassewitz. The museum brings the Buccaneers’ history to life, including in-depth exhibits that tell the story of the franchise. Featured displays explore the creation of the team’s uniform and logo, a description of Buccaneers head coaches since the team’s inception in 1976, and the organization’s move to Raymond James Stadium and One Buccaneer Place. Additional exhibits explain the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, the establishment of the Glazer Family Foundation, and the continual efforts by Buccaneers players to make an impact in the community. Included are features dedicated to the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl victory, including special exhibits showcasing the Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl ring earned in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The lobby also includes the spectacular Moment of Victory sculpture exhibit, which depicts the moment when the Buccaneers were assured of their first World Championship and commemorates Tampa Bay’s victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXVII. Kassewitz not only came up with the concept for the sculptures, but oversaw the design and creation of this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

In addition to her responsibilities with the Glazer Family Foundation, she has served as Co-Chairwoman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Palm Beach. Kassewitz also serves on the Board of Manchester United Soccer Club, which has captured six titles since the Glazer family took over the club: five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title.

Kassewitz graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from American University in 1990. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School in 1993 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Kassewitz and her husband, Joel, reside in Tampa.