In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Glazer Family Foundation and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee will conduct a sports equipment recycling drive on Sunday, November 30 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game against the New Orleans Saints. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently-used sports equipment to donate to underprivileged children throughout the Bay area.
Volunteers from the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee will be on hand to collect materials at all gates and club entrances at Raymond James Stadium from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The Buccaneers and Saints kickoff at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday's sports equipment drive is the kickoff to Super Kids Super Sharing, a Super Bowl XLIII environmental project that puts books and sports equipment into the hands of children in need. The program has been implemented in Super Bowl host communities for the past nine years and has collected tens of thousands of books and pieces of sports equipment.
Super Kids-Super Sharing will begin in participating schools in December when students will donate gently-used or new books and sports equipment. A week before Super Bowl, donated items will be brought to a collection point where they will be sorted, then distributed to pre-selected schools and organizations. There is still time for area schools to join in this year's effort. For more information on the school drive, please visit www.TampaBaySuperBowl.com.
The Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the West Central Florida region. The foundation aids established not-for-profit organizations that work with youth and families to help identify and create programs that support positive social and economic development within our communities. The Glazers, who own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established the foundation in 1999. Since that time, the Glazer Family Foundation has given millions in programs, grants, tickets and merchandise to the Tampa Bay area. Most recently, the foundation donated $5 million toward the construction of a new children's museum in downtown Tampa, which will be named the Glazer Children's Museum. Visit www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org for more information.
The Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6), Florida corporation governed by a small board of directors. The Committee serves as the liaison between the National Football League and local efforts and has the ongoing responsibility for implementing Tampa Bay's plan for Super Bowl XLIII culminating with the game on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium.
Super Kids-Super Sharing is part of the NFL's rapidly growing environmental initiative for the Super Bowl, which the Host Committee supports through local implementation. The NFL Environmental Program evaluates the environmental impacts of Super Bowl activities and works with the local community to develop and implement cost-effective and sustainable projects to address them. This is accomplished through several initiatives including solid waste management, material reuse, food recovery, sports equipment and book donations and greenhouse gas reduction.