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Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Ongoing Impact on Community

By Alexis Schulman 

Since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl on Feb. 17, they have donated a great deal of money to the Tampa Bay community. 

According to Bay News 9, “Nearly 30 local charities received grants because of the Super Bowl’s visit to Tampa. Each non-profit was awarded $10,000.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on a lot of businesses, causing them to lose money or even close down. 

The NFL and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee have saved a few programs, including one run by Kari Bahour who taught young kids water survivability skills. 

“It’s not just where the dollars have gone but the programs and community partners, what they’ve done with their grants and the impacts that they’re continuing to have,” said 

committee member Claire Lessinger in an article for Bay News 9

The Buc’s support of various aspects in the Tampa Bay community is both ongoing and inclusive.

“Being an active volunteer member and a mentor for Tampa’s youth, we are always moving in the direction of change and equality, and I could not be more proud to be a part of the City of Tampa and the Buccaneers,” said Jordan Bender, guest and member relations coordinator for the Bucs.

The Buc’s success has not only provided opportunities for important programs for kids, but they have also held amazing jobs and internships for students as well. 

The sport management major and minor at The University of Tampa seems to be popular amongst students. 

“I think Tampa winning the Super Bowl is better for the whole community because before Tom Brady and the culture was here they weren’t having fans, they weren’t going to games, and now that they are winning it brings more opportunity and attention to UT and opens up interest to students,” said Peter Scouras, marketing major.

Not only do the Bucs provide jobs and internships, but so do the other major sports teams in Tampa like the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Lightning have won the Stanley Cup two years in a row, and the Rays are currently ranked number one in the American League East.

The Bucs winning the Superbowl is a huge national event, so even though they likely brought the most attention and money to Tampa, the Lightning and Rays are notable teams that provide opportunities for students as well. 

“I do believe that no matter the outcome of our beloved sports teams, Tampa and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have always and will always find ways to support the youth programs,” said Bender.

As Tampa grows, so do the opportunities. 

“The opportunity for students is really accessible with the stadiums being close distance from the campus, we can even walk to the hockey stadium,” said Peyton Lucas, business information technology major.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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