On Saturday, August 26, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Cleveland Browns for the third game of the 2017 preseason, the team's youngest fans will help kick off the 2017 home schedule through the annual Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders halftime performance and the engaging "Bucs Squad Experience" outside Raymond James Stadium. In addition, the team will continue the tradition of honoring local heroes throughout gameday with the Hero of the Game and the Salute to Service Suite, amongst other recognition activities.
BUCS SQUAD EXPERIENCE & BUCS SQUAD TWO-MINUTE DRILL AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bucs Squad is an exciting program designed to get the next generation of Bucs fans behind the bench and inside the huddle with their favorite NFL team. By becoming a Bucs Squad member, fans 14-and-under gain access to amazing gameday experiences. For more information and to sign up for the Bucs Squad, visit the Bucs Squad Two-Minute Drill from 6:00 p.m. until the end of the game in section 137.
The Bucs Squad Experience will be open 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Lot 6D (Tampa Bay Blvd. between Gates C & D) for all children and families attending the game. The Bucs Squad Experience will include inflatable football activities, interactive PLAY 60 football clinics, as well as visits from Captain Fear (5:00 - 6:00 p.m.) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders (5:45 - 6:30 p.m.) for children to enjoy free of charge.
JUNIOR BUCCANEERS CHEERLEADERS PERFORMANCE
At halftime of Saturday's contest, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the 20th annual Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleadersperformance. More than 175 youth cheerleaders ages 6-14 will perform routines alongside the 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders in front of fans at Raymond James Stadium. The longstanding program, which has included a unique meet and greet event with the Buccaneers Cheerleaders, cheerleading workshops, an exclusive Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders uniform, and the opportunity to perform at halftime alongside the Buccaneers Cheerleaders, is designed specifically to promote self-esteem, commitment, and fun among girls of all ages and ability levels.
TEAM INTRODUCTIONS AND HONORARY GUESTS OF THE GAME
For team introductions, Haileyand Austin Zeller, children of the late Richard Zeller, will lead the team out of the tunnel. Zeller, one of the team's biggest fans, cheered on the Buccaneers his entire life and passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. Following the national anthem, four members of the Junior Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaderswho have been affected by pediatric cancer will serve as the team's Honorary Guests of the Game for the coin toss.
HERO OF THE GAME
Before kickoff, the Buccaneers will continue a tradition with the team's military Hero of the Game. At every Buccaneers home game, a selected military member will be stationed on the Pirate Ship in Buccaneer Cove for the ringing of the ship bell and to ready the team for action. This week, the Buccaneers will honor U.S. Air Force Flight Officer Leonard Stevens. Flight Officer Stevens served in Operation Dragoon, often considered the "D-Day" of Southern France. For his bravery and commitment to service, Flight Officer Stevens was awarded a Purple Heart and numerous other medals. Most recently he was awarded the French Legion of Honor, the highest decoration that France bestows.
SALUTE TO SERVICE SUITE
At every Buccaneers home game, the team honors a distinguished group of military members with an exclusive gameday experience in the Salute to Service Suite. During a break in play, fans are encouraged to direct their attention to the pirate ship and join players and coaches in thanking local servicemen and servicewomen for their sacrifices, including:
- From the Army, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bryan Williams
- From the Air Force, Master Sergeant Michael Maglioand Master Sergeant James Woodford
- From the Coast Guard, Machinery Technician First Class Anthony Tipton
- From the Marines, Major Franklin Sablan and Sergeant Roger Skilling
- From the Navy, Electronic Technician First Class Valerie Blasewitz
BUCCANEERS ACADEMY 50/50 RAFFLE
In gameday, fans have the opportunity to participate in the Buccaneers Academy 50/50 Raffle while supporting a worthwhile cause. Each raffle ticket purchased will go towards a huge cash prize, in which fifty percent of the net proceeds help support the team's 24 Buccaneers Academies around the Tampa Bay area and other Bucs Care Foundation initiatives. The other fifty percent will go to one lucky winner. Tickets are available at kiosks located in section 106, 115, 131, 140 and each club level as well as mobile sellers throughout the stadium. For a complete list of rules and regulations, locate a kiosk or mobile seller on game day. To learn more, visit www.buccaneers.com/5050.
BUCCANEERS ACADEMY GAMEDAY FOR KIDS GUESTS**
The Bucs Care Foundation hosts 100 "Gameday for Kids" from the Buccaneers Academy program to promote academic achievement and positive behavior in children. Selected groups receive game tickets, t-shirts, food vouchers and Buccaneers flags by achieving goals set by their teachers. More than 16,000 youths and community members representing over 100 organizations from Tampa Bay have been rewarded through the annual program. This game's attendees will represent Foster Elementary, Twin Lakes Elementary,andRoosevelt Elementary.
**BUCS FOR A BETTER BAY
- Bucs for a Better Bay* is the team's far-reaching commitment to making Tampa Bay better today and for generations to come. A key component is the Buccaneers Academy programming, through which the Buccaneers provide resources, enhanced curriculum, and hands-on participation from Buccaneers players and cheerleaders to over 16,000 underserved students and 2,200 teachers at 24 elementary schools the team has adopted throughout Hillsborough County. Each of the schools in the Buccaneers Academy program, most of which are Title I schools, has also received a court-sized shade cover that provides an improved environment for students to safely participate in physical health and wellness activities.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, coaches, cheerleaders, alumni, and staff have an active role in community improvement through a variety of youth health and education initiatives, family outreach, and military support. Innovative partnerships between the Bucs Care Foundation and local nonprofit organizations provide assistance to thousands of Central Florida residents each year. Glazer Family Foundation initiatives including the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile and the Glazer Children's Museum continue to enhance learning opportunities for Bay Area youths. To learn more, visit www.buccaneers.com/community.