As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue preparations for the team's first preseason game and build on the excitement of hosting fans back at training camp, the Super Bowl LV Champions will carry on the tradition of providing memorable experiences for a variety of children, families and local heroes at camp.
Thursday, Aug. 5: Military Day, presented by USAA
On Thursday, Aug. 5, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USAA will proudly welcome active-duty military, veteran service members and their families to AdventHealth Training Center for Military Day presented by USAA. Upon entry, military personnel will receive a Buccaneers Salute to Service pennant, courtesy of USAA, the Official Salute to Service Partner of the Buccaneers. Special military tributes will include the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team, the "Para-Commandos," parachuting onto the field; an appearance by the Assisting Veterans of America Support Team Color Guard, which will present the colors prior to the playing of the National Anthem; and a special performance by the 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders before practice.
One week later, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, the Buccaneers and USAA will also host "USAA's Salute to Service NFL Boot Camp" where 50 active-duty military will compete in the same NFL Combine drills used to evaluate NFL talent. At the conclusion of that day's practice, service members will take the field and participate in drills for the chance to earn tickets to the team's Salute to Service game in November.
The Buccaneers take pride in supporting and celebrating the military through salute to service initiatives, community partnerships and game day experiences. Special events during training camp, recognition on gameday and visits to local military bases are just some of the many ways the team honors our nation's heroes. To learn more, visit Buccaneers.com/community/salute.
Friday, Aug. 6: Buccaneers Community Impact Day
On Friday, Aug. 6, the team will welcome hundreds of guests from local non-profit organizations to training camp for Buccaneers Community Impact Day. Groups from Special Olympics Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Voices for Children of Tampa Bay and Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, as well as representatives from a wide variety of Bay-area charities and civic groups, will enjoy watching their favorite players and coaches at practice.
At the conclusion of the Buccaneers' morning session, 200 youth from Voices For Children of Tampa Bay and Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay will receive backpacks and school supplies courtesy of the Arians Family Foundation. The Foundation, created in 2013 by Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians and his wife, Christine, is dedicated to supporting and developing programs that prevent the abuse and neglect of children. Arians will greet the children and guests at the conclusion of practice and offer encouragement as they prepare for the upcoming school year.
Additionally, dozens of athletes from Special Olympics Florida will have the opportunity to take the field and participate in fun football drills led by Buccaneers staff, carrying on a training camp tradition that dates back more than a decade. Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training, competition, and health services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athletes or their caregivers. The organization helps athletes achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected, and contributing members of their communities.
Monday, Aug. 9: Women of Red Training Camp, presented by AdventHealth
On Monday, Aug. 9, the Buccaneers will once again host a special day for the Women of Red, the team's fan club that promotes camaraderie and community with women who love football. The Women of Red Training Camp, presented by AdventHealth, will include unique giveaways, displays and photos opportunities throughout the camp's Fan Activation Zone at the AdventHealth Training Center. Tickets for this day's session are $5, with proceeds benefiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation's mission is to uplift our community, inspire our youth and drive social change through programs that enrich the lives of families in our region. Supporting gender equality is one of the pillars of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation, and it continues to lead the way through initiatives including the Buccaneers Women's Summit for Careers in Football, the Jr. Bucs Girls Flag Football League, the Buccaneers Girls in Football Scholarship, and the Girls Flag Football Preseason Classic presented by AdventHealth. To learn more, visit Buccaneers.com/community.