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29 April 2014

BUCCANEERS ALL-PRO DT GERALD McCOY TO PRESENT GLAZER FAMILY FOUNDATION’S 5,000TH FREE PAIR OF GLASSES AT FOREST LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MAY 2

Milestone to Recognize Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile’s Impact, Promote Importance of Healthy Eyesight for Bay Area Students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/29/14

BUCCANEERS ALL-PRO DT GERALD McCOY TO PRESENT GLAZER FAMILY FOUNDATION’S 5,000TH FREE PAIR OF GLASSES AT FOREST LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MAY 2 Milestone to Recognize Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile’s Impact, Promote Importance of Healthy Eyesight for Bay Area Students

On Friday, May 2, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer Family Foundation will celebrate a milestone in supporting the health and safety of Tampa Bay’s youth through the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program.

Buccaneers All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy – a spokesperson for the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program – along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear, team staff, and local school representatives, will present the program’s 5,000th pair of free prescription eyeglasses at Forest Lakes Elementary School (301 Pine Avenue North, Oldsmar, FL 34677) at 9:30 a.m. McCoy – who has proudly worn glasses since he was a child – will help celebrate this milestone by surprising the recipient of the 5,000th pair of glasses and speaking to students on the importance of healthy eyesight and its correlation to educational development.

The Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program helps improve the eyesight of children in need by providing free eye screenings and prescription glasses to students throughout Tampa Bay. In December 2009, the program was enhanced with the introduction of the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile, an eye examination facility on wheels that visits local schools to offer comprehensive vision care in a child-friendly, interactive environment. The Vision Mobile includes a doctor’s examination room and the necessary tools to produce prescription eyeglasses on site – the majority within the same day of the examination – as well as kid-friendly features including authentic Tampa Bay Buccaneers player and cheerleader uniforms for students to try on, in addition to interior images that mimic the Buccaneers’ locker room and Raymond James Stadium

The Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile, which can be spotted at each Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game, is supporting 60 Title I schools throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties this school year. Since 2009, the Vision Program has carried out vision screenings for over 10,000 local students, nearly half of which have now received free prescription glasses. The program’s dedication to improved vision services has also been enhanced through a new partnership with the Essilor Vision Foundation, a national nonprofit that is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Essilor Vision Foundation brings its expertise in vision care and products by providing on-site staff who examine the students and offer a wide variety of frame inventory aboard the Vision Mobile.

The state of Florida mandates that children have their vision tested throughout their elementary education. As a result, the Glazer Family Foundation adopted the Vision Program in 2006 to provide vision screening equipment to Hillsborough and Pinellas County public schools to test the visual acuity of students and detect potential problems that could hinder students’ learning experiences. Over the next three years, the Glazer Family Foundation expanded the program by donating similar equipment to the surrounding counties: Pasco and Sarasota (2007), Orange and Osceola (2008), and Manatee and Polk (2009).

The Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the Central Florida region. The Foundation helps better the lives of children and families by establishing lasting, impactful programs throughout Florida communities. The Glazer family, who own 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, including a $5 million donation toward the construction of the Glazer Children’s Museum. Learn how the Glazer Family Foundation continues to support the community at www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org.

Who: Buccaneers All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy Buccaneers Cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear Forest Lakes Elementary School students and teachers Pinellas County Schools representatives

Where: Forest Lakes Elementary School 301 Pine Avenue North. Oldsmar, FL 34677 When: Friday, May 2 9:30 a.m.

Contact: Allen Barrett Public Relations Manager 813.870.2700 ext. 2561 813.767.9862 cell abarrett@buccaneers.nfl.com

Eileen Sweeney Director of Community Relations 813.870.2700 ext. 3813 esweeney@buccaneers.nfl.com

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