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24 October 2014

SHEEHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CELEBRATES BUCCANEERS ACADEMY PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW FITNESS ZONE DEDICATION AND “HOMETOWN HUDDLE” OUTDOOR CLASSROOM PROJECT

What:      
On Monday, October 27 at 10:45 a.m., Glazer Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, along with more than a dozen Buccaneers players, Buccaneers Cheerleaders, Captain Fear, United Way Suncoast CEO Suzanne McCormick, Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools MaryEllen Elia and Hillsborough County School Board member Doretha Edgecomb will visit Sheehy Elementary School (6402 N. 40th St., Tampa, FL 33610) for a series of events to improve the physical and educational experience of students at the Buccaneers Academy, one of 21 such institutions in the area.
                                                                    
To kick off the morning, the group will celebrate Sheehy Elementary officially being named a Buccaneers Academy, highlighted by the completion of the school’s Buccaneers Fitness Zone, featuring a court cover for its outdoor recreation area. The Buccaneer-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.
 
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Buccaneers Academy, the group will construct an outdoor classroom, complete with a large outdoor chalkboard, new seating and updated landscaping for Sheehy Elementary. The project, which will be completed by the Buccaneers players, cheerleaders, students, and volunteers from United Way Suncoast, is part of the team’s Hometown Huddle efforts. This is the 16th annual NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle, a league-wide day of service where NFL coaches, players, and executives will help members of their community PLAY 60 by building fitness zones and playgrounds, hosting youth football clinics, and help kids get active for 60 minutes a day as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign.
 
As part of the Buccaneers’ 2014 Hometown Huddle efforts, four additional Buccaneers Academy schools will receive school projects through a $1,000 grant, including:
-      Mort Elementary School (Reading Gazebo)
-      Lanier Elementary School (Support for Running Club and Color Run Event)
-      Lockhart Elementary School (Creating an Outdoor Fitness Challenge Course)
-      Twin Lakes Elementary School (Buddy Books partner reading program)
 
Who:       
Glazer Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz
Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools MaryEllen Elia
Hillsborough County School Board member Doretha Edgecomb
More than a dozen Buccaneers players, Buccaneers cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear
United Way Suncoast CEO Suzanne McCormick and volunteers
Sheehy Elementary School students and teachers
                      
Where:    
Sheehy Elementary School
6402 N. 40th St.
Tampa, FL 33610
                       
When:     
Monday, October 27                                  
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

Tanya Arja
Hillsborough County Schools Communications
813.272.4060
tarja@sdhc.us

ABOUT BUCCANEERS ACADEMIES
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play an active role in community development through a variety of youth health and education initiatives, family outreach, and military support involving players, coaches, cheerleaders, alumni, and staff. Buccaneers Academies, an educational initiative which is impacting more than 12,000 students, aim to inspire, equip, and celebrate students through incentive-based programs and monthly challenges that provide fun, engaging, and motivating opportunities to learn. Throughout the school year, lesson plans that encourage good behavior, reading, writing, and healthy lifestyles are implemented with each of the 21 Buccaneers Academies in Hillsborough County. To learn more about what the Buccaneers are doing in the community, visit www.buccaneers.com/community

ABOUT UNITED WAY SUNCOAST
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners serve DeSoto, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by developing, enhancing and implementing services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast is changing the community’s story by helping to break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability, as well as provide support services to those who need it most. For more information, call 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0933 (Tampa office), or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org. To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteersuncoast.org
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