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The Glazer Family Foundation donates 1,500 backpacks to Bay area youth as part of back-to-school program


Going back to school will be more fun this fall for 1,500 children who receive Buccaneer backpacks from the Glazer Family Foundation

Typically, late July is not when kids are at their most enthusiastic about school. This is prime summer vacation time, and even the most dedicated students are usually more interested in swimming pools and ball fields.

Yet, here it was, July 26, and there they were, 50 children excitedly pledging to study and work hard this coming fall.

Clearly, something had focused their attention on schoolwork, and that was exactly the mission of the Glazer Family Foundation, whose representatives were at Metropolitan Ministries on Thursday with these energized children. They were there to announce a significant part of the Foundation's back-to-school program: the donation of 1,500 backpacks to Bay area youth.

These 50 children – who were also entertained by the Buccaneers mascot and a group of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders – were the first to receive their backpacks. Inside, they found such school supplies as notebooks, pencils and bookmarks. In addition, each pack revealed a Buccaneers cap for the recipient.

The excitement of the afternoon wasn't limited to the children. Foundation representatives were pleased to see their initiative in action.

"By making this contribution, we are promoting education to our youth and hope this will help them to see what a crucial part education will play in their lives," said Joel Glazer, Executive Vice President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Foundation Director Roni Costello helped hand out the backpacks after the kids, in unison, promised to do their best in school this year. The rest of the 1,500 backpacks will be distributed through the following organizations:

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