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18 September 2015

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, AND FRESH FOR FLORIDA KIDS VOLUNTEERS TO INSTALL LEARNING GARDENS AT HELEN AYALA DAVIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TUESDAY

What:      
n Tuesday, Sept. 22, Buccaneers players Lavonte David, Andrew DePaola, William Gholston, Danny Lansanah, Matthew Masifilo, Clinton McDonald, Brandon Myers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Keith Tandy, Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear, with the help of UnitedHealthcare volunteers, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Fresh for Florida Kids volunteers, teachers and students, will install UnitedHealthcare sponsored Learning Gardens at Helen Ayala Davis Elementary School (10907 Memorial Hwy., Tampa, FL 33615).  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Fresh for Florida Kids division will also provide educational materials to help educate and promote the importance of healthy eating habits. This learning garden program will provide students the opportunity to plant and nurture a garden, while learning about healthy foods and local agriculture.
 
Tuesday’s visit is the second step in a community project initiated on Sept. 15, when Buccaneers players, UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Fresh for Florida Kids volunteers gathered at One Buccaneer Place to construct the UnitedHealthcare-sponsored Learning Gardens. Along with Tuesday’s event at Helen Ayala Davis Elementary, this learning garden program is also being implemented at six additional Buccaneers Academy schools: Cleveland Elementary, Kenly Elementary, Mort Elementary, Tampa Bay Blvd. Elementary, Twin Lakes Elementary and Winthrop Charter School.
 
Who:       
Buccaneers players Lavonte David, Andrew DePaola, William Gholston, Danny Lansanah, Matthew Masifilo, Clinton McDonald, Brandon Myers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Keith Tandy;
Buccaneers Cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear;
UnitedHealthcare volunteers;
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Fresh for Florida Kids volunteers;
Students and teachers at Davis Elementary School
                      
Where:    
Helen Ayala Davis Elementary School
10907 Memorial Highway
Tampa, FL 33615
 
When:     
Tuesday, September 22                             
11:00 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 Buccaneers Academy program is the team’s commitment to supporting generations of youth in the Bay Area. Through interactive and innovative classroom programming, the team supports 24 Hillsborough County Public Schools, with more than 14,000 students, and 1,000 teachers. In addition to the educational curricula, each Academy receives a Tampa Bay Buccaneers-themed covered play court to provide children the ability to play outdoors without risking overexposure to the sun. For more information about the Buccaneers Academy program, visit www.buccaneers.com/community
 
ABOUT UNITEDHEALTHCARE
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.
 
ABOUT FRESH FOR FLORIDA KIDS
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness, also known as Fresh for Florida Kids, administers the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Summer Food Service Program and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the state of Florida. In addition to these regulatory responsibilities, FNW is committed to ensuring that every child in Florida benefits from nutritious meals that foster better learning and a lifetime of good health through its Farm to School and Living Healthy in Florida initiatives.
 
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