Buccaneers host children

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Sunday included special guests hosted by the Glazer Family Foundation. “Gameday for Kids” invited youth from three special groups to attend December 9th’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Glazer Family Foundation hosts 100 “Gameday for Kids” from nonprofit organizations during each Buccaneers home game that promotes academic achievement and positive behavior in children. The children selected for the event receive game tickets, food vouchers and Buccaneers flags by achieving goals set by participating community agencies. Over 12,000 youth from over 100 organizations from Tampa area have participated in the program.

The organizations selected for the December 9th game were:

Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay: Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay promotes health, independence and personal growth for people with physical disabilities through sports. The group provides year-round sports and recreation programs that encourage physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and recreational and competitive sports opportunities for area children and adults with physical disabilities.

Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services: Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services assists over 8,245 children and families with crisis care, behavioral health, child abuse, and family support through mental health and case management. The goal is to help underprivileged families develop positive behaviors and become healthy, safe, educated and contributing members of society.

Project LINK: Project LINK is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community support for children and their families that live in Hillsborough County. The program is designed to improve school attendance by addressing the underlying difficulties within families that lead to student absence.

The Glazer family, who owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established the Foundation in 1999. Since that time, the Glazer Family Foundation has given millions of dollars in programs, grants, tickets and merchandise to the Tampa Bay area. Most recently, the Foundation donated $5 million toward the construction of a children’s museum in downtown Tampa, which opened on September 25, 2010 and is named the Glazer Children’s Museum. Visit www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org for more information.

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