The Youth with Promise program provides Buccaneer game tickets to charitable organizations that become incentives in their programs
The Glazer Family Foundation was founded in 1999 to assist charitable and educational causes in the West Central Florida region. In the decade since, hundreds of organizations in the Bay area and beyond have used the Foundation's programs to make a difference in the Bay area and beyond.
The Glazer Family Foundation continues to partner with charitable organizations to make a difference. There are currently multiple opportunities for organizations to become involved with GFF programs.
Buc-Packs For Back-To-School
The "Buc-Packs For Back-to-School" program provides backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Orange counties each summer. To date, a total of 13,500 bags have been given away to 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations.
"Without the necessary tools to learn, children cannot maximize their educational experience," said Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz at last year's presentation. "The Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to providing Florida's youth with backpacks and supplies to ensure that students can capitalize on the efforts of our teachers and educators."
In 2008, children from 14 community groups received a total of 1,500 backpacks during training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports. This year, 2,000 children throughout West Central Florida will have the opportunity to sling Buccaneer bags over their shoulders as they go back to school in the fall. Representatives from each participating organization will once again be invited to receive them at the Bucs' training camp, which takes place this year at the team's state-of-the-art complex, One Buccaneer Place.
Applications for the "Buc-Packs For Back-To-School" program can be submitted online and are due by July 1, 2009. To apply, please click here.
Youth with Promise
Among the Foundation's many long-running community endeavors is "Youth with Promise," an initiative designed to encourage children to achieve their goals through incentive programs run by local community agencies. The Foundation helps local organizations achieve this by providing tickets to every Buccaneers home game as rewards for the children's accomplishments.
Attending a Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many children in the Bay area. The Glazer Family Foundation hosts 100 Youth with Promise at each Buccaneers home game; more than 10,000 children representing over 100 organizations from the Bay area have been rewarded for academic achievement and positive behavior with free game tickets, food vouchers and car flags.
The Glazer Family Foundation accepts applications for the Youth with Promise program from community organizations with 501(c)3 status. Interested organizations should note that the application requires a detailed explanation of how the tickets will be used as incentive.