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01 December 2017

MEDIA ALERT: BUCCANEERS ROOKIE CLUB AND DAIRY COUNCIL OF FLORIDA TO PRESENT $10,000 “HOMETOWN GRANT” TO LOPEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TUESDAY

School to Receive Brand New Cafeteria Equipment and Students to Receive New Sneakers 

On Tuesday, December 5, at 1:00 p.m., the 2017 Buccaneers Rookie Club, including O.J. Howard, Chris Godwin, and Kendall Beckwith, will join the Dairy Council of Florida for a special visit to Lopez Elementary School in Seffner, FL. for a celebration of the school winning a $10,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant. Developed by the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 in 2014, the initiative provides grants to support physical activity and nutrition programs in school districts in all 32 NFL markets.
 
Through the Hometown Grants program, NFL teams and state/regional dairy organizations identify deserving schools in their communities to receive funding to help facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating programs for students. Students and faculty at Lopez Elementary made the commitment to actively participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, a nutrition and physical activity initiative that empowers youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their school.  
 
As a recipient of the grant, the Buccaneers Rookie Club and the Dairy Council of Florida will help outfit all third, fourth and fifth graders with brand new sneakers along with brand new cafeteria equipment to promote physical activity and sound nutrition. The group will also lead fifth grade students in Play 60 drills, demonstrating their commitment to living fit and active lifestyles.
 
Who:       
Buccaneers players O.J. Howard, Justin Evans, Kendell Beckwith and the 2017 Rookie Club
Lopez Elementary School students and faculty
Dairy Council of Florida representatives
Hillsborough County Schools representatives
                       
Where:    
Lopez Elementary School
200 N. Kingsway Rd.
Seffner, Fl. 33584
 
When:      Tuesday, December 5
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Media encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m.)

Throughout the year, the Buccaneers rookies have participated in a variety of outreach activities as members of the Buccaneers Rookie Club, the team’s long-standing effort to engage its youngest players with the local community. This offseason, the rookies participated in a go-kart outing with Tampa Fire Rescue and met with military service members and their families during a tour of MacDill Air Force Base. They have also spent their off day with children at Metropolitan Ministries, and visited with patients and their families at Moffitt Cancer Center.
 
The Buccaneers’ Fuel Up to Play 60 efforts, along with the organization’s Buccaneers Academy initiative which serves over 14,000 youth and 2,100 teachers in Hillsborough County, are symbols of the long-standing commitment from the Glazer family and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers towards a healthier and more active Tampa Bay. To learn more, visit www.buccaneers.com/community.
 
Contact:      
Brooke Skelley
Communications Assistant
843.455.2917 cell
bskelley@buccaneers.nfl.com   

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