On Thursday, the Buccaneers held their launch party for the RED Women's Movement at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Over 1,500 women attended the event.
"This has been a vision of mine for so long," Buccaneers Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz said Thursday night. "As a female voice in my family, it was so important for me to highlight that we have so many unbelievable female fans. I think the energy in this room tonight is tremendous."
There were several activities, including a meet-and-greet with Buccaneer legends Mike Alstott, Martin Gramatica and Jimmie Giles and Michael Clayton, among others. Hundreds of women were able to test out the Bucs' all-new virtual reality training system, which the team launched this spring to help newly-drafted quarterback, Jameis Winston.
Women were also able to try on Bucs equipment, from jerseys to shoulder pads to helmets, in addition to meeting with fantasy football experts to discuss their strategy for the 2015 season.
"I'm a huge Bucs fan and its' great to be a part of this and learn a little bit more about the team and the players," said one attendee. "I like all the stations. Seeing all of the old players, that was really cool. It was great."
General Manager Jason Licht was also in attendance and provided an in-depth analysis of the draft process, which proved to be one of the night's highlights.
Photos of the RED Women's Movement Launch Party in the West Club at Raymond James Stadium.
"We know that we have wonderful fans and we know that they love the Buccaneers and they showed up tonight," Buccaneers Community Relations Director Eileen Sweeney said. "I think the elements that we included turned out to be the ones that they really cared about. Between seeing the legends and hearing from Jason (Licht) and the whole breakdown of the draft."
All-in-all, RED's first event was an overwhelming success.
"I've been going to NFL-sponsored events for over 20 years," Glazer Kassewitz said. "I have never, ever been to an event of this magnitude. (It was) truly a historic evening."