After Wednesday morning’s rain-soaked practice, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an extra special event as the team hosted a group of children from Special Olympics. After head coach Raheem Morris broke the huddle to signal the end of the morning workout, he signaled his players to report to the sidelines to meet the visiting Special Olympians and sign autographs. The players spent well over 20 minutes shaking hands and signing shirts, hats and posters.
Gatorade sponsored a Junior Training Camp after practice that featured 70 Special Olympic athletes from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties. Several Bucs players participated, including wide receivers Dexter Jackson, Maurice Stovall and Cortez Hankton, quarterback Josh Johnson, linebacker Jermaine Phillips, return man Clifton Smith and general manager Mark Dominik, who served as coaches for the drills after practice.
The Buccaneers have hosted a Special Olympics Junior Training Camp during the summer in years past when the team held training camp in Orlando at Disney’s Wide World of Sports and have continued that tradition this year at One Buccaneer Place.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org