Buccaneers K Martin Gramatica will join with his brothers, Bill and Santiago, to gather supplies for Peru earthquake victims
Before football entered his life as a high school senior, Martin Gramatica figured he would be a professional soccer player. It's no surprise, then, that Gramatica enjoys taking in a Major League Soccer game now and again.
In fact, Gramatica will be at Raymond James Stadium this Saturday night, when the Tampa Bay Mutiny takes on the Colorado Rapids. In this case, however, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker has more than a good soccer match in mind.
On Saturday, Gramatica will be joined by his two brothers, Bill, a kicker for the Arizona Cardinals and Santiago, a freshman kicker at the University of South Florida, to sign autographs and collect non-perishable food, supplies, medical and clothing donations for the earthquake victims in Peru.
Each fan who donates an item (cash donations are not sought) will receive an autograph from the Gramaticas. Fans can obtain their autographs and drop off donations between Gate C and Gate D – the Budweiser-Mega Fiesta Zone – located on the South side of Raymond James Stadium, between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.
The Gramatica family, native Argentinians who moved to La Belle, Florida, during Martin's childhood, is part of the disaster relief effort, which is assisting victims from the earthquake that shook Peru on June 23.
In addition, as part of the Mutiny's Hispanic Heritage Night, William Gramatica Sr. and his wife, Laura, will be honored, along with other Bay area "Hispanic Heroes," for their charitable work in the Tampa Bay community and introduced during a halftime ceremony.