Head Coach Tony Dungy was on hand Tuesday to mingle with some of the athletes who will see the benefit of the Glazer Family Foundation's donation
On Tuesday, the Glazer Family Foundation Awarded $75,000 to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission as part of an ongoing commitment
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 10 games during the 2000 season, not enough to realize their goal of another NFC Central Division title, but more than enough to help local youth achieve their own sports dreams.
On Tuesday, the Glazer Family Foundation, charitable arm of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, donated $75,000 today to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission for their dedication to the continued success of amateur youth sports activities in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.
In making the donation, the Glazers, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are following through on their commitment to contribute $7500 for every Buccaneers victory over a 30-year period. This past season, the Buccaneers won 10 games. This contribution brings the Foundation's total donation to the TBSC to $300,000, and counting.
The Foundation's contribution helps promote the Pinellas-Hillsborough Game Day of Champions, which is a four-game tournament that hosts youth recreational teams in four age groups. It also supports the Hillsborough County East v. West All-Star High School Football Game, where the county's best players demonstrate their talent in front of college coaches and recruiters.
"We are honored to be involved in such a worthwhile event," said Joel Glazer, Executive Vice President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "The youth who take part in the Game Day of Champions and the East & West All-Star game could one day be playing in Raymond James Stadium as a Buccaneer."
"The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is so appreciative of the commitment and contribution the Glazer Family Foundation has made to youth in Tampa Bay," said Lee Zeigler, chairman of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Their donation helps us give area kids unique opportunities, experiences and lifetime memories."
This latest sizeable donation to the TBSC was made Tuesday during an afternoon press conference held at One Buccaneer Place. Shortly after dozens of Buccaneer players had finished their workouts and left the locker room, it was invaded by more than 75 athletes of a younger variety, a host of local youth who will see the benefits of this contribution and others by the Foundation. Head Coach Tony Dungy was on hand for the announcement and to mingle with the young athletes.
In its second year of existence, the Foundation has donated more than one million dollars in programs, grants, and in-kind contributions. Some of these contributions include donating a total of $50,000 to 30 Bay area not-for-profit organizations, purchasing 1,000 uniforms for the Boy Scouts of America and distributing over 40,000 teddy bears to date to hospitalized youth through the "Cheering You On" program.