TAMPA, Fla. - At the Tampa Bay Sports Commission’s (TBSC) quarterly board meeting today, the Glazer Family Foundation presented a check for $62,000 to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, representing the Buccaneers’ contribution for the incredible 2007 season that resulted in the NFC South division title. Jason Layton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of ticketing and sales and TBSC board member, along with Miray Holmes, Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of community relations, presented the check to TBSC Executive Director Rob Higgins and Vice Chairman Bill Wickett.
In 1997, Malcolm Glazer, owner and president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, met with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) and made a commitment that his team would contribute $7,500 to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission for every regular season game the Buccaneers won for the next 30 years. Then, following the 2006 season, the Glazers and Tampa Bay Sports Commission agreed to a fixed contribution of $62,000 annually.
“The Buccaneers are proud to continue their tremendous relationship with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission,” said Buccaneers Director of Business Administration Brian Ford. “The Commission plays an integral role in our community and the Buccaneers are excited to be a part of its outstanding service.”
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission will use the funds to support its annual events, including all-star football, soccer and basketball games for Bay-area children, as well as its local High School Football Combine, which has helped more than 100 area high school athletes earn college scholarships throughout the last four years.
“Thank you to the Glazer Family Foundation for all that you continue to provide for our community and our children with this contribution,” said Higgins. “You are making a tremendous difference in several kids’ lives and we could not be more grateful.”
The TBSC mission is to attract, promote and/or organize major amateur sporting events and grassroots youth sports programs that foster the ongoing development and quality of life for the entire Tampa Bay area