Buccaneers Kids Zone, Military Recognition, Girls Flag Football Scrimmages and Buccaneers Academy Gameday for Kids Guests Included in Fan Engagement this SundayBUCCANEERS KIDS ZONE AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM: Youth fans are encouraged to check out the Buccaneers Kids Zone at Raymond James Stadium this Sunday, prior to kickoff. Set up adjacent to Tampa Bay Boulevard, immediately south of Raymond James Stadium, the Kids Zone will include inflatable football activities, interactive PLAY 60 drills, and visits by Captain Fear (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) for children to enjoy free of charge. New this season in the Kids Zone, Buccaneers Football Development staff members Darrell Taylor and Chris Leak will provide football instruction for kids (11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) to help encourage activity for at least 60 minutes a day. The Kids Zone will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Lot 6D (Tampa Bay Boulevard between Gates C and D), prior to kickoff.
TEAM INTRODUCTIONS: For team introductions, Lisa Edelstein, a Buccaneers charter member since 1972, will lead the team out of the tunnel.
HONORARY GUEST OF THE GAME (COIN TOSS): Prior to kickoff, the Buccaneers will welcome Martin Koch to midfield as the team’s Honorary Guest of the Game. Kotch, a Buccaneers charter member since 1975, will stand alongside the Buccaneers captains at the 50-yard line for the coin toss.
HERO OF THE GAME: Before kickoff, the Buccaneers will continue a tradition with the team’s military Hero of the Game. At every Buccaneers home game, a selected military member will be stationed on the Pirate Ship in Buccaneer Cove to ready the team for action. On Sunday, the Buccaneers will honor U.S. Army Sergeant Benjamin Lizura. Sergeant Lizura served his country in World War II and valiantly fought in Normandy on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and numerous other invasions in Central Europe, France and Germany. For his bravery and commitment to service, Sergeant Lizura was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, among many other accolades.
SALUTE TO SERVICE SUITE: At every Buccaneers home game, the team honors a distinguished group of military members with an exclusive gameday experience in the Salute to Service Suite. During a break in play, fans are encouraged to direct their attention to the pirate ship and join players and coaches in thanking local servicemen and servicewomen for their sacrifices, including:
- From the Air Force, Staff Sergeant Melissa Cooper, Staff Sergeant Jenne Markovitz, and Staff Sergeant Matthew Muhr;
- From the Coast Guard, Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Andrew Kyler and Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Michael Allen;
- From the Marines, Major Sam Nashagh and Sergeant Muhammad Nashagh
BUCCANEERS ACADEMY GAMEDAY FOR KIDS GUESTS: For each Buccaneers home game, the Bucs Care Foundation hosts 100 “Gameday for Kids” from the Buccaneers Academy program to promote academic achievement and positive behavior in children. Selected groups receive game tickets, t-shirts, food vouchers and Buccaneers flags by achieving goals set by their teachers. On Sunday, the Buccaneers will welcome students from Carver Exceptional Center and LaVoy Exceptional Center. More than 15,000 youth and community members representing over 100 organizations from Tampa Bay have been rewarded through the annual program.
ABOUT THE BUCS CARE FOUNDATION
The Bucs Care Foundation is dedicated to making a difference in the Tampa Bay area through programming that will inspire, equip and celebrate the “Champion” in each of us. Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, coaches, cheerleaders, alumni, and staff have an active role in community improvement through a variety of youth health and education initiatives, family outreach, and military support. Innovative partnerships between the Bucs Care Foundation and local nonprofit organizations provide assistance to thousands of Central Florida residents each year. To learn more, visit www.buccaneers.com/community.
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