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04 June 2015

BUCCANEERS PLAYERS, STAFF AND FANS TEAM UP FOR 2015 PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION CUT FOR A CURE CHARITY CHALLENGE

Fans Still Have Until Monday to Make a Donation for the Chance to Participate in Buccaneers Head Shaving Event  
On Tuesday, June 9, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will once again join the fight against childhood cancer through the Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. This is the third consecutive year that the Buccaneers will participate in the program, raising money and awareness to help eliminate childhood cancer. Players who have already committed to have their heads shaved by pediatric cancer patients and survivors on June 9 include 2015 rookies Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet and Jared Koster as well as veterans Lavonte David, Andrew DePaola, Will Gholston, Mike James, Michael Koenen, Patrick Murray, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Evan Smith, Akeem Spence, and Keith Tandy.
 
Along with participation from Buccaneers players and staff members who are donating to the cause, the team is excited to announce that this year’s event also includes a selection of Buccaneers fans that have raised the most money towards the team’s fundraising cause. Fans still have until Monday to make a donation and be eligible for an invitation to attend this popular head-shaving event at One Buc Place. Those admitted will be able to watch the participating Buccaneers players shave their heads, as well as have the chance to get their heads shaved. To make a donation, and for more information, click HERE or visit www.pcfcutforacure.org and scroll down to the ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers.’
 
“The Cut for a Cure event is a highlight of our offseason community activities at the Buccaneers,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Our entire organization looks forward to interacting with these special children and their families as we help raise funds and create awareness to beat pediatric cancer. This year, we are excited to invite our fans to join us in making this our most successful Cut for a Cure event to date.”
 
Tuesday’s event will wrap up a campaign that began on March 1, 2015, where professional athletes and more than 200 men, women, and children throughout Tampa Bay shaved their heads to raise funds for childhood cancer research. This year alone, the campaign has raised over $400,000. In June 2014, nearly 40 Buccaneers players and staff participated in the Cut for a Cure in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s efforts towards providing medical research, programming and pediatric care for children and their families fighting pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
 
*Media are encouraged to attend, though Tuesday’s event is closed to the public. Only a selection of fans who have raised the most money toward the cause through the Buccaneers fundraising page will be admitted.
 

Who:       
Buccaneers including Jameis Winston, Lavonte David, Donovan Smith and Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Buccaneers COO Brian Ford, staff and fans, along with pediatric cancer patients and survivors
                
Where:    
One Buccaneer Place - Auditorium
3302 W. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
                                        
When:     
Tuesday, June 9
12:30 p.m. – Buccaneers staff
1:30 p.m. – Buccaneers players and fans

Contact:

Allen Barrett
Public Relations Manager
813.767.9862 cell
abarrett@buccaneers.nfl.com
 
Eileen Sweeney
Director of Community Relations
813.870.2700 ext. 3813
esweeney@buccaneers.nfl.com
 
Kevin Brown
Senior Manager of Community Relations
813.870.2700 ext. 1347      
kbrown@buccaneers.nfl.com

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