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18 August 2017

MEDIA ALERT - BUCCANEERS TO HOST SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA AT TRAINING CAMP

Jameis Winston and Teammates to Provide Memorable Experience August 20
On Sunday, August 20, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will carry on an annual tradition of hosting athletes from Special Olympics Florida at training camp. More than 50 athletes from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties will watch a portion of the team’s morning practice and then take the field to enjoy football drills with Buccaneers players including quarterback Jameis Winston. The event is another example of the team’s PLAY 60 efforts, part of a league-wide initiative to encourage fans to eat healthy and participate in physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day. Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear will also take photos, sign autographs and visit with the Special Olympics athletes at the conclusion of practice.
 
WHO:                          
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and athletes from Special Olympics Florida
 
WHERE:                     
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp
One Buccaneer Place
3302 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, Fl. 33607
 
WHEN:                        
Sunday, August 20
 
TIMES:                       
8:45 – 10:50 a.m.         Buccaneers Practice
9:30 – 10:50 a.m.         Special Olympics athletes arrive and watch practice
10:55 – 11:45 a.m.       PLAY 60 Clinic ends (time approximate)
 
Media Note: Media should contact Brooke Skelley at bskelley@buccaneers.nfl.com to request a credential for attendance. Media who already have a training camp credential will have access to this event.
 
The Buccaneers’ collaboration with Special Olympics Florida is an annual highlight at training camp, where athletes from both organizations showcase the power of teamwork and sportsmanship in an engaging environment. The team’s Bucs for a Better Bay efforts, featuring the organization’s Buccaneers Academy initiative which serves over 16,000 youth and 2,200 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.
 
Special Olympics Florida is the state chapter of the world-wide charitable organization that is committed to empowering people with intellectual disabilities. The nonprofit group helps athletes become healthier, more confident, and capable leaders, both on and off the field, through year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Opportunities such as attending Buccaneers training camp help the Special Olympics athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and share their skills with friends, family members, and the community. To learn more, visit specialolympicsflorida.org.
 
Contact:         
Allen Barrett
Communications Manager
813.767.9862 cell
abarrett@buccaneers.nfl.com
 
Steve Fidura
Community Relations Manager
813.870.2700 ext. 1374
sfidura@buccaneers.nfl.com
 

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