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09 August 2014

BUCCANEERS DONATE MORE THAN $46,000 TO POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF TAMPA

 Buccaneers Legend and Heads Up Football Ambassador Dave Moore to Present Donation
and Encourage Football Safety to Police Athletic League Youth Football Team on Tuesday
On Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm, Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, along with Buccaneer Legend Dave Moore, will present the Police Athletic League of Tampa (P.A.L.) with a donation of $46,675 to upgrade the organization’s gymnasium and outfit it with brand new soundproofing materials. Moore will present the staff from P.A.L., as well as the P.A.L. Patriots youth football team, with a check to recognize and celebrate the renovation project at the conclusion of the Buccaneers’ afternoon practice at One Buccaneer Place.
 
The Police Athletic League is a registered non-profit 501c3 organization that is dedicated to providing affordable after-school, summer and athletic opportunities to more than 500 Tampa Bay youths. P.A.L. has partnered with the Tampa Police Department to provide a safe, healthy environment for the community’s children and teens. P.A.L. teaches fair play, working as a team player, and good sportsmanship, as well as programs on the importance of sound nutrition and physical conditioning.
 
In addition to the team’s donation, Moore will speak to the team about the importance of football fundamentals and safety before surprising the P.A.L. youths with 250 tickets to Tampa Bay’s preseason game on August 28, where the Buccaneers will celebrate USA Football Month and recognize the NFL’s Heads Up Football campaign (PLEASE DO NOT PROMOTE THE SURPRISE PRIOR TO THE EVENT). The P.A.L. Patriots, a member of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., is an active participant in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program, with all of its coaches having received Heads Up Football certification. The Heads Up Football program promotes a positive youth football experience and advances player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. All Heads Up Football youth coaches must be certified; which includes concussion recognition and response protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; and Heads Up tackling techniques.
 
Moore, who played 15 years in the NFL, including 13 seasons with the Buccaneers, was recently named one of the team’s Heads Up Football Ambassadors. More than 130 former NFL players are participating as Heads Up Football Ambassadors, working with youth and high school leagues in all 50 states to reinforce the Heads Up Football message. Heads Up tackling, coaching certification, concussion recognition and response, head and hydration awareness, and proper equipment fitting are all part of Heads Up Football, through which more than 5,500 youth football leagues and nearly 1 million youth football and high school players have signed up to participate this season. 
 
WHO:           Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, Buccaneer Legend Dave Moore, and the Police Athletic League of Tampa
 
WHERE:       Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp
                    One Buccaneer Place
                    3302 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
                    Tampa, FL 33607
 
WHEN:         Tuesday, August 12
 
TIMES:         6:30 pm              Police Athletic League Patriots arrive and watch practice
                    *7:00 pm            On-field check presentation and surprise ticket donation          
                    *Exact time TBD, based on conclusion of practice
 
Media Note: Media should contact Allen Barrett at abarrett@buccaneers.nfl.com to request a credential for attendance.  Media who already have a training camp credential will have access to this event.

 
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