“Hometown Huddle” Service Day Includes Announcement of NFL Foundation/LISC Grant for Synthetic Turf “Glazer Family Field”Today, more than 150 Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff members participated in the renovation of the Jackson Heights NFL Y.E.T. Center (NFL Youth Education Town Center, 3310 E. Lake Ave., Tampa, FL 33610) for the team’s annual “Hometown Huddle.” Now in its 17th year, the NFL-United Way “Hometown Huddle” features a league-wide day of service where NFL teams take part in community-based projects, host 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.
The Buccaneers' day-long service project kicked off with Glazer Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz announcing a $200,000 grant through the NFL/LISC Grassroots Program to CAN-DO, Inc., a non-profit organization working in conjunction with the City of Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Department. The grant will go towards the installation of a new synthetic turf football field at the community center which will be named “Glazer Family Field.” On hand for the presentation were City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chairman of the United Way Suncoast Tampa Area Board of Directors, Eric Bailey. Throughout the day, more than 150 volunteers contributed to the project.
“The Buccaneers take great pride in the work we do to help inspire, equip and celebrate the youth of Tampa Bay,” said Glazer Kassewitz. “Children have always been very important to my family and we consider the children of this community part of our extended family as well. We want them to know that they can continue to count on our support.”
During today's "Hometown Huddle," the entire Buccaneers business operations staff participated in the renovation, which involved $50,000 in upgrades of the current facility, in addition to the $200,000 grant. The visit including painting, landscaping, and dance/fitness room enhancements, while also interacting with the youth attending the recreation center. The NFL Y.E.T. Center, established in 2001 in East Tampa as part of a legacy project following the 2001 Super Bowl, is home to youth football, school and intramural sport leagues, and summer camp events for the surrounding community.
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations. PLAY 60 also is implemented locally, as part of the NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs. All 32 clubs activate PLAY 60 locally, with thousands of NFL PLAY 60 events held annually. To learn more about NFL-United Way partnership or NFL PLAY 60, visit unitedway.org/play60 and NFLRUSH.com/play60, or follow @UnitedWay and @NFLPLAY60 on Twitter.
Now in its 42nd year, the NFL-United Way partnership connects NFL PLAY 60 with United Way’s goal to get more young people healthy and active. United Way, which works in 1,200 communities across America, is creating healthier communities by increasing access to nutritious foods for families and increasing opportunities for physical exercise and play.
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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. Led by the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the organization’s players, coaches, cheerleaders, alumni, and staff play 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.
ABOUT UNITED WAY SUNCOAST
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners connect people, create change, and impact lives in 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.
ABOUT THE NFL FOUNDATION
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. The grant is part of $2.5 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year by the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.
LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has raised more than $14.7 billion to build or rehab more than 330,000 affordable homes and develop 53 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide. LISC support has leveraged nearly $44.1 billion in total development activity. LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. LISC has committed nearly $40 million to the program since 1998, supporting the creation or refurbishment of 306 fields nationwide. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project. For more information, visit www.lisc.org.