Tampa Bay's Thursday morning training camp practice won't be another ordinary walk-through for the players. The Bucs will be cheered on by more than 70 Special Olympics Florida athletes coming from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, and Sarasota counties as part of the team's annual tradition of hosting this organization at training camp.
Following Tampa Bay's walk-through, the athletes will take the practice fields to participate in a training camp of their own. As part of Gatorade Junior Training Camp, athletes will enjoy football drills and fundamentals with Bucs players. Along with the players, cheerleaders and Captain Fear will also be on hand to take photos, sign autographs and visit with the Special Olympics group at the conclusion of their morning session.
Special Olympics is a national organization committed to empowering people with intellectual disabilities. The nonprofit group helps athletes become more healthy, confident and capable leaders, both on and off the field, through year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Opportunities such as attending Buccaneers Training Camp help Special Olympics athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share their skills with friends, family members and the community.
Gatorade Junior Training Camp is a national partnership between the NFL and Gatorade and this free program emphasizes education, exercise and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The clinic is designed for children and is run annually by the Buccaneers at training camp.