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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 Elementary Fitness Program
The Jr. Bucs Fitness Program impacts over 130,000 elementary students in Hillsborough & Pinellas county schools with educational activities that infuse football skills and monthly player-led video drills in current physical education curriculum.
Every elementary student can train like an NFL athlete through fun, Buccaneers player and cheerleader-led video drills that are shown each month. These drills are designed to be incorporated into everyday physical education classes.
To support the annual school fitness assessments, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation have donated new fitness equipment to every school, equipping teachers with the tools to work with students on improving and tracking their fitness levels.
Jr. Bucs Middle School Flag Football Program
The Jr. Bucs Middle School Flag Football Program enhances the flag football curriculum for nearly 70,000 middle school students by providing flag kits, equipment and instruction.
Students in Hillsborough and Pinellas County school districts will participate in a three-week flag football unit during either the fall or spring semester. Additionally, this school year, all schools will receive a special visit and instruction from a Buccaneers legend and certified flag football instructors.
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"
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.
Salute to Service
Military Day at Training Camp
We celebrate, recognize and kick-off the season every year with a private practice, exclusive to active duty military, veteran service members and their families. Guests enjoy special military tributes, complimentary food and beverage and a post-practice autograph session with players and coaches.
Each year the Buccaneers recognize military personnel during the Salute to Service game. As part of the game, a military member will lead the team onto the field and over 200 service men and women will take the Oath of Enlistment during a ceremony at the 50-yard line at halftime.
Schwarzkopf Military Family of the Year Award
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Central Florida USO are proud to honor our local military service members and their families for their sacrifice, service and commitment to our country. The General H Norman Schwarzkopf Military Family of the Year Award was established by the Buccaneers in 2014 to celebrate military families in the community who exemplify service before self. Nominations are accepted annually in April, with winners selected in May.
Hero of the Game Presented by Saint Leo University
We celebrate the courageous men and women that serve our country and are honored to share their stories with fans at each home game. A military Hero of the Game is stationed on the pirate ship at each home game to ring the ship bell and "ready the krewe" before kick off.
The Hero of the Game will have the opportunity to sit in the Saint Leo University suite on gameday.
Since 2012, we have been honored to provide an exclusive game day experience for hundreds of local military members and their families. At each home game, the Buccaneers host a selection of service members as well as their guests in the Salute to Service Suite, supported by Jabil- welcoming them with a BucVision tribute and a special moment aboard the pirate ship.
The Buccaneers support the courageous men and women who serve our country by helping to provide them with a home away from home at the USO Welcome Center, a military-only lounge that annually supports over 300,000 traveling military personnel with resources and a welcoming atmosphere.
Player Engagement Programs
My Cause My Cleats
"My Cause My Cleats" campaign allows players to wear customized cleats designed to reflect their commitment to charitable causes. Nearly 800 players across the league participated in the campaign in 2017 for causes ranging from battling diseases and illnesses to non-profit organizations they support.
Community Ticket Program
Each home game, the Buccaneers host a select group of fans from a number of nonprofit organizations and youth groups as part of our Community Ticket Program. Groups are selected by our players, head coach and GM, highlighting causes especially close to their hearts. This program provides more fans throughout the Tampa Bay community with an opportunity to experience a Buccaneers gameday at Raymond James Stadium.
Turkey Time with the O-Line
For the past 11 years, the Buccaneers' offensive lineman have distributed over 10,000 meals during the annual event, 'Turkey Time with the O-Line' at One Buccaneer Place. Every year, this core group hosts nearly 1,000 underserved families at the training facility where they get an opportunity to meet the players, Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear while picking up all of the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving meal.
D-Line Delivers Christmas
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Line join forces every year to bring holiday cheer to hundreds of children and families in the Tampa Bay community. "D-Line Delivers Christmas" is an annual event that pairs the team's defensive players with non-profit organizations to select and invite underserved families to One Buccaneer Place for an evening to remember. The players surprise unsuspecting children and families with a variety of gifts; including bicycles and gift cards before taking them on a shopping spree to get the best of their holiday wish list.
Mike Evans Family Foundation
Everyone deserves opportunity to be great. The goal of the Mike Evans Family Foundation is to support, empower, encourage and motivate today's youth with an understanding the NO goal is unattainable. We plan to give students a chance to reach the 'Endzone of Life' no matter who they are or where they come from.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation Girls in Football Scholarship Program
Scholarship Applications Are Now Closed.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation, Inc. has established a scholarship program to assist female high school seniors participating in a form of football (touch, flag, tackle, etc.) who plan to continue their education in college.
This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
Applicants to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation Girls in Football Scholarship Program must:
Be female high school seniors participating in a form of football (touch, flag, tackle, etc).
Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
Plan to use their college education/experience to make an impact in the sports industry.
Write an essay (500 words or less) outlining how they will use their career choice to make a positive impact in the sports industry.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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.
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.
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