Event to Include Official Dedication of Buccaneers Fitness Zone at Bevis ElementaryWHAT:
Tomorrow – Tuesday, May 10, at 1:00 p.m. – Bevis Elementary School in Lithia, Florida will receive new physical education equipment, along with a celebratory visit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the American Heart Association, for winning the 2015-16 Buccaneers PLAY 60 Challenge. This year, 24 Buccaneers Academies – local schools that inspire, equip, and celebrate students through lesson plans that encourage good behavior and healthy lifestyles – competed in the challenge for the chance to win funds for their physical education (P.E.) departments. Students at each school logged their daily exercise for four weeks in January, and the school with the highest average of minutes recorded per student received a P.E. makeover. Bevis Elementary School came in first place in this year’s challenge, recording 92,605 minutes of physical activity, with an average of 2,778 minutes per student. In total, the 24 Buccaneers Academies combined for more than 6.8 million minutes of physical activity during this year’s PLAY 60 Challenge.
Glazer Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, along with Buccaneers players Lavonte David, Doug Martin, Cameron Brate, Andrew DePaola, Will Gholston, Josh Keyes, Kevin Pamphile, and Keith Tandy, as well as Buccaneers Cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear, will join members of the American Heart Association and Hillsborough County School representatives to speak to students about the importance of physical activity and sound nutrition before presenting Bevis Elementary School with the new physical education equipment. Students will also participate in PLAY 60 drills led by Buccaneers players and cheerleaders, demonstrating their commitment to living fit and active lifestyles.
In addition, the Buccaneers will help students and teachers officially dedicate the new Buccaneers Fitness Zone at Bevis Elementary. The Fitness Zone, featuring a Buccaneers-themed court cover, inspires physical activity by allowing more children to play outside with less risk of sun exposure and heat exhaustion during their physical education periods. Throughout the school year, lesson plans that encourage good behavior, reading, writing, and healthy lifestyles have been implemented with each Buccaneers Academy that receives a Buccaneers Fitness Zone for its outdoor recreation area.
The Buccaneers PLAY 60 Challenge is a collaboration between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the American Heart Association to inspire kids to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. First launched in 2006 by the National Football League and the American Heart Association, the Challenge is an annual commitment to promoting health and physical fitness in the fight to end childhood obesity.
Glazer Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz
Buccaneers players Lavonte David, Doug Martin, Cameron Brate, Andrew DePaola, Will Gholston, Josh Keyes, Kevin Pamphile, and Keith Tandy
Buccaneers Cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear
Buccaneers Director of Community Relations Eileen Sweeney
Hillsborough County School Board Member (District 4) Melissa Snively
Hillsborough County Schools Area Superintendent Sherrie Sikes
American Heart Association Executive Director Kate Sawa
Bevis Elementary School students and faculty
Bevis Elementary School
5720 Osprey Ridge Drive
Lithia, FL 33547
Tuesday, May 10
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. (Media encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m.)
Public Relations Manager
Manager of Youth Outreach
813.870.2700 ext. 2570
Director of Community Relations
813.870.2700 ext. 3813
American Heart Association