Buccaneers and USAA to Welcome Local Military Families for Annual EventOn Monday, July 31, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USAA will proudly welcome more than 2,000 active-duty military, retired and veteran service members and their families for the annual Military Appreciation Day at training camp. Open exclusively for military guests and their families, special guests scheduled to attend include the Assisting Veterans of America Support Team Color Guard, which will present the colors; the USSOCOM Para-Commandos, who will parachute and land on the field before the start of practice; and General Joseph Votel, Commander, United States Central Command, who will attend with other military members.
*All military guests and their family members attending Monday’s practice have been contacted and provided training camp tickets in advance.
Upon entry, military personnel will receive a Buccaneers Salute to Service pennant, courtesy of USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the Buccaneers. The 2017 Buccaneers Cheerleaders will also greet and perform for fans in their patriotic uniforms, and the national anthem will be performed by Staff Sergeant John Malone following the team’s opening stretch. Throughout the morning, children will also have the chance to climb aboard the Bucs Vision Mobile and Bucs Squad RV, along with a variety of military vehicles on display, including humvees, wreckers, and a response boat. In addition, all attendees will receive complimentary tickets to the pre-season game on August 31, when the Buccaneers host the Washington Redskins.
Military Appreciation Day Timeline:
8:00 a.m. Gates Open
8:30 a.m. Buccaneers Cheerleaders Performance
8:32 a.m. Para-Commandos Performance (time approximate)
8:40 a.m. National Anthem
8:45 a.m. Practice
10:50 a.m. (Post-practice) Player Autographs and USAA NFL Boot Camp
As part of Military Appreciation Day, USAA will be hosting “USAA’s NFL Boot Camp” where 50 active duty military will compete in the same NFL Combine drills used to evaluate NFL talent. This event takes place post-practice and participants will be competing for tickets to the team’s Salute to Service game in November.
Each year, the Buccaneers celebrate, recognize, and kick off the season with a special Military Appreciation Day at training camp. The Glazer Family Foundation and the Buccaneers have a long, proud history of supporting the men and women who served or continue to serve our country. During each home game, together with Central Florida USO, the Buccaneers celebrate a Hero of the Game, as well as invite servicemen and servicewomen to cheer on the team from the exclusive Tampa Bay Buccaneers Salute to Service Suite. For more information on the Buccaneers’ military support, visit www.buccaneers.com/salute.
Media should contact Brooke Skelley at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a credential to cover Military Appreciation Day. Media who already have a training camp credential will have access to this event.
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