On Friday, February 27, at One Buccaneer Place, Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Patrick Murray and Raymond James Financial representatives will present checks exceeding $20,000 to three children's hospitals through the "Kicking for Kids" program. Benefiting hospitals include All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa. Local patients and their families, as well as hospital administrators and Child Life Specialists, will be on hand for the presentation and tour of the team's practice facility led by Murray.
As part of the "Kicking for Kids" program, Raymond James Financial agreed to donate $1,000 toward the designated children's hospitals for each field goal made by the Buccaneers during the 2014 season. Murray, in his rookie season with Tampa Bay, converted 20 of 24 field goal attempts and ended the season with 13 consecutive made field goals, the longest current streak in the NFL and the fourth-longest in Buccaneers history. For Murray's 20 field goals, Raymond James Financial is donating a full $7,000 to each hospital through the program.
Murray's five field goals of 50 or more yards – including a career-long 55-yard conversion at New Orleans (10/5/14) – are tied for the second-most in a single season in franchise history (Martin Gramatica, 2000 & 2002). Murray finished 2014 tied for fourth in the NFL with five field goals of 50 yards or more (six attempts). His 83.3 percent conversion rate from that distance was the highest among the 15 players in the league with more than four attempts.
Since its inception in 2000, the Raymond James "Kicking for Kids" initiative has donated more than $270,000 to children's hospitals across the country. To learn more, visit www.raymondjames.com/community.