Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation’s mission is to uplift our community, inspire our youth and drive social change through programs that enrich the lives of families in our region.
Jr. Bucs Fitness Challenge
The Jr. Bucs Fitness Challenge reaches nearly 130,000 elementary students through educational activities that infuse football skills and drills in current physical education curriculum throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas county schools. This challenge also supports annual school fitness assessments.
Jr. Bucs Flag Football Program
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation is enhancing flag football curriculum for nearly 70,000 middle school students by providing flag kits, equipment and instruction. Additionally, this school year, over 90 middle schools will receive a Jr. Bucs Flag Football Experience Takeover featuring visits and instruction from a Buccaneers legend and certified flag football instructors.
myON Reading Challenge
The Buccaneers encourage students to be life-long learners and continue to read outside of school hours with the Buccaneers myON Reading Challenge. Each month, elementary and middle school students from Hillsborough & Pinellas counties will get the opportunity to win game day experiences and Bucs swag for logging the most reading minutes using the myON reading program. To have your students start reading, please visit buccaneers.com/reading.
High School Coach of the Week
We believe in the teachers of this game and recognize their responsibility in growing the game of football. Our High School Coach of the Week program is community-led and celebrates high school coaches in the Bay area.
As part of that recognition, the Buccaneers Street Team also visits the high school of each winning coach and provides a full 'Bucs Experience’, complete with appearances by Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear as well as giveaways.
Click below for more information regarding the program and to vote for this week’s “Coach of the Week”
Gameday for Kids
As part of our ongoing commitment to highlight the academic achievements of our youth, the Buccaneers have rewarded over 17,000 students through the Gameday for Kids program, tickets and on field experiences for students in our community.
Every athlete deserves the chance to fulfill their dreams, therefore the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have contributed over $1.4M to programs that have given over 18,000 student athletes a platform to showcase their talents at events such as High School Football Combines and Recruiting Fairs, and provide them opportunity to potentially earn college scholarships.
Buccaneers Shade Structures
24 Court-sized shade covers called “Buccaneers Fitness Zones” are erected in schools in mostly underserved communities to create additional outdoor educational and recreational opportunities. These open air structures have become community symbols of the Buccaneers enduring commitment to education for underserved youth, now and for generations to come.
Health and Wellness
Bucs Care Foundation Neurological Residency Rotation and Ophthalmology Fund
Through a $375,000 commitment to All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers support approximately 60 pediatric residents, who are focused on addressing a broad spectrum of pediatric issues including traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke and epilepsy.
National Pediatric Cancer Foundation “Cut for a Cure”
Since 2013, the Buccaneers have raised more than $315,000 to help fund research to fast-track less toxic and more targeted treatments. Each year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joins in on the fight against childhood cancer through the annual “Cut for a Cure” to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Buccaneers players and staff have their heads and facial hair shaved or colored by pediatric cancer patients and survivors to raise money and awareness to help eliminate childhood cancer.
Community Shade Structure
Health and wellness are key players in the development of young minds and bodies. In 2016, the Buccaneers donated an iconic holiday shade structure to the Downtown Partnership for Curtis Hixon Park. This open-air structure has provided the downtown community with much-needed covered activity space and serves as a resource for visitors at Curtis Hixon Park throughout the year.
Support the Foundation
Buccaneers License Plate
Display your fandom with a specialty Buccaneers license plate, benefiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation. The Buccaneers License Plate Program is available to all Florida residents upon vehicle registration and annual renewal of your state vehicle tag. A portion of each purchase will go towards ongoing community programming and initiatives of the foundation.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation 50/50 Raffle
At every home game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation conducts a 50/50 Raffle to raise funds to impact children in Tampa Bay through programming that improves physical and emotional health. Fifty-percent of net proceeds from the raffle ticket sales go to one lucky fan and the remainder will support the work of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation.