David hosts Big and Little matches for Play 60 Clinic after Training Camp
Lavonte David is passionate about providing youth with resources to overcome adversity and succeed both in the classroom and on the playing field. After practice on Friday the 6-year linebacker led over 30 "Big and Little" matches through a Play 60 Clinic at One Buccaneer Place. David, a National Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, hosted the organization after the morning session at Training Camp.
"You all are as important to me as football", said David while addressing the "Littles" in a huddle during the clinic. "Mentors are here to help you. Your "Big" is someone who cares about you and who you can talk to through right and wrong."
As the youngest child of 4, David was inspired to partner with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization to support children looking for a shoulder to lean on as he did with his older siblings growing up. His ongoing efforts have raised thousands for the organization with the "Bowl for Kids' Sake" tournament. David hosts the annual event and is joined by teammates and fans who connect for the organization's goal of reaching more adult mentors, or "Bigs", who want to make a difference in the life of a child in Tampa.
Vice President of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, De Anna Ward, says David's hands-on involvement with the organization really hits home for "Littles" in the program. "We know what he can do on the field which is amazing but what he does off the field is even more amazing," says Ward. "He's been through some things and he will tell you that he had people who were in his corner and encouraged him to stay on the right path and so he's able to do that with these children."
David says being named National Ambassador for the organization in 2016 was both a humbling and heartwarming moment. "I never thought I would be in that position," says David. "Being a big brother or big sister is more than just hanging out. It's about teaching life lessons."
According to Big Brothers Big Sisters, 99% of "Littles" gain confidence and are more likely to stay in school and remain out of the criminal justice system.
David hopes to continue his support of youth in both Tampa and his hometown, Miami, FL. through a strengthening relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. David's outreach is an example of the Buccaneers far-reaching commitment to making Tampa Bay better today and for generations to come. To learn more about the Buccaneers in the community and the team's player outreach initiative, visit www.buccaneers.com/community