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Fuel for the Day

FB Mike Alstott and the Buccaneers Cheerleaders visited the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday to meet the families and share advice on proper nutrition


Before posing for pictures, Mike Alstott served up breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House

How does Mike Alstott get the energy to run over would-be tacklers all afternoon?

The boys and girls at the Tampa Ronald McDonald House know the answer: Breakfast.

In honor of World Children's Day 2005, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer fullback and an escorting party of the Buccaneers Cheerleaders visited the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday to share some nutritional advice. Lesson Number One: Fuel yourself up in the morning with a nutritional breakfast.

In fact, to illustrate the point, Alstott and the cheerleaders even served breakfast to the families at the House. After the meal, they stuck around for a question-and-answer session and a round of autographs and pictures.

Alstott and the cheerleaders arrived at the Ronald McDonald House at 8:30 a.m. and stayed for several hours. During that time, they also spoke to the families about the nutritional benefits of orange juice. Thanks to the presence of the Florida Department of Citrus, they were able to serve up plenty of that beverage, too.

World Children's Day is McDonald's annual global fundraiser for children in more than 100 countries. Funds raised will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and local children's causes in communities around the world. The inaugural program in 2002 raised $12 million, the 2003 program raised $15 million and in 2004 more than $23 million was raised to help children. World Children's Day at McDonald's 2005 will be celebrated around the world throughout November and will culminate on Sunday, November 20, 2005.

For more information or to make a donation to RMHC, please visit

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