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Last Call for GFF Summer Programs!

Local nonprofit organizations still have a chance to participate in such Glazer Family Foundation programs as Buc-Packs for Back-To-School and Gameday for Kids, but they must act fast

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Over the past 11 years, hundreds of organizations in the Tampa Bay area have utilized the Glazer Family Foundation's programs to make an impact in the community. That remains true in the summer of 2010.

Although there are currently multiple opportunities for local nonprofits to get involved this summer, time is quickly running out. The deadline to apply for the following programs is tomorrow - Friday, July 2.

Buc-Packs For Back-To-School

Each summer, the "Buc-Packs For Back-to-School" program provides backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in West Central Florida. To date, a total of 15,500 bags have been given away to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

"Without the necessary tools to learn, children cannot maximize their educational experience," said Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz at last year's backpack presentation. "The Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to providing Florida's youth with backpacks and supplies to ensure that students can capitalize on the efforts of our teachers and educators."

In 2009, children from 26 community groups received a total of 2,000 backpacks during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. This year, even more students in West Central Florida will have the opportunity to sling Buccaneer bags over their shoulders as they go back to school in the fall. Representatives from each participating organization will once again be invited to receive them at the Bucs' training camp, which will once again take place at the team's state-of-the-art headquarters.

Applications for the "Buc-Packs For Back-To-School" program will only be accepted online and are due by July 2, 2010. To apply, please click here.

Gameday for Kids

Among the Foundation's many long-running community endeavors is "Gameday for Kids" (formerly Youth with Promise), an initiative designed to encourage children to achieve their goals through incentive programs run by local community agencies. The Foundation helps local organizations achieve this by providing tickets to every Buccaneers home game as rewards for the kids' accomplishments in various programs.

Attending a Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many children in the Bay area. The Glazer Family Foundation hosts 100 youth at each Buccaneers home game; more than 10,000 children representing over 100 organizations from the Bay area have been rewarded for academic achievement and positive behavior with free game tickets, food vouchers and car flags.

The Glazer Family Foundation accepts applications for the "Gameday for Kids" program from community organizations with 501(c)3 status. Interested organizations should note that the application requires a detailed explanation of how the tickets will be used as incentive.

Applications for the "Gameday for Kids" program are also due online by July 2, 2010. To access the application, please click here.

For more information on all of the Glazer Family Foundation programs, please visit http://www.glazerfamilyfoundation.com.

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