Each week during the high school football season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select one local area high school football coach as the Coach of the Week. The selected coach is presented with the opportunity to tour the Buccaneers’ training facility and attend a team practice. In addition to receiving a certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Director of Football Operations Gene Washington and Buccaneers officials, the Coach of the Week receives $1,000 for his high school’s football program. At the end of the season, a Coach of the Year is chosen and receives $2,000 for his high school’s football program.
Each year, the National Football League recognizes outstanding volunteers in NFL cities across the country. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers solicit nominations during the later part of the regular football season for this program. After a panel of judges reviews the nominations, ten hardworking and selfless volunteers are presented with a commemorative gift from a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player during practice at One Buccaneer Place, the team’s state-of-the-art headquarters, where they are also treated to lunch from the Bucs culinary chefs.
Every year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the United Way team up for the Annual NFL Hometown Huddle. The Hometown Huddle is an event in which NFL players, coaches and team executives from all 32 NFL cities pair with their local United Way organizations for community giving.
Initiated in 2001, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club is one of the most influential and community-minded Rookie programs in the National Football League. Connecting all of the rookie players on the Buccaneers roster, this program introduces the players to the Tampa Bay area and the charitable causes around our area.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a partnership between the Dairy Council of Florida and The Tampa Bay Buccaneers that empowers students to get involved to make real changes in their schools. This program reaches youth directly and engages their help in leading and inspiring their friends to do the same. Students and educators work together to make changes at school that will help them “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods and “play” for 60 minutes daily. For more information about Fuel Up to Play 60 in Florida visit www.fueluptoplay60.floridamilk.com