Tampa goes big, Royals aid tornado vics

Highlights: Tampa Bay football and baseball are making a difference! James Lee of the Bucs travels abroad and visits the troops, while his team donates big bucks to three children’s hospitals! Not to be outdone, the Tampa Bay Rays are hosting four fundraising events for local charities! Finally, the Kansas City Royals are doing what they can to help tornado victims in the Midwest and southern United States. Kudos to all! Check out the info below:

Buccaneers James Lee Thanks US Troops Overseas

(Via the Buccaneers) -Recently, Buccaneers T James Lee was one of three NFL players who traveled abroad to raise the morale of servicemen and women working hard to defend the United States. The trip, coordinated through Armed Forces Entertainment and Pro Tour Productions, brought together current NFL players with American troops stationed in Central America, a part of the world not often recognized for U.S. military activity. In early February, Lee boarded a plane for Tegucigalpa, Honduras alongside Buffalo Bills cornerback Drayton Florence and Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young as part of AFE’s Super Bowl Player Tour. The NFL players spent several days with sailors, soldiers and airmen stationed in Honduras and El Salvador to raise spirits and bring a touch of home to those stationed far away from friends and family. To read more about Lee’s trip, visit www.buccaneers.com.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raymond James Financial to Present $26,000 in Hospital Donations

(Via the Bucaneers) – On Tuesday, March 6, at One Buccaneer Place, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raymond James Financial representatives will present checks totaling $26,000 to three children’s hospitals for 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.

As part of the “Kicking for Kids” program, Raymond James Financial is donating $1,000 toward designated children’s hospitals for each of the 26 field goals made by the Buccaneers during the 2011 season. Since its inception in 2000, the initiative has donated more than $200,000 to children’s hospitals across the country.

Rays Partner With Local Charities During Spring Training

(Via the Rays) – ST. PETERSBURG, FL―The Tampa Bay Rays will partner with four local charities for a series of fundraising events during the 2012 spring training season.

The Rays will work with the Charlotte County Family YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and Charlotte County Homeless Coalition.

The Rays will dedicate a spring training home game at Charlotte Sports Park this season to each charity.  The groups will have a representative throw out a ceremonial first pitch and the Rays will provide autographed memorabilia to be auctioned by the charity at that game.

Royals Charities to Donate $10,000 to Each Organization to Assist Victims of Recent Tornadoes

(Via the Royals) – KANSAS CITY, MO (March 3, 2012) – Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the Kansas City Royals, has announced its support of local disaster relief agencies as they assist those affected by the recent tornado outbreak across the Midwest and southern United States.  Royals Charities will be contributing $10,000 each to the Kansas City chapter of the American Red Cross and Heart to Heart International for a total contribution of $20,000. When more details become available, the Royals will provide updated information on ways fans can help the tornado victims at www.royals.com/relief.

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