On Saturday, June 18, four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the Buccaneers welcomed 350 children – a portion of whom come from single-parent households through United Way Suncoast and were hosted free of charge by McCoy – to One Buccaneer Place for the Gerald McCoy Youth Football Clinic. The one-day football camp featured McCoy and his teammates, Donovan Smith, Vincent Jackson, Vernon Hargreaves, George Johnson, Jameis Winston and Lavonte David offering football instruction to local children ages seven to 14, with an emphasis on fundamentals, teamwork, and discipline.
McCoy, who is committed to supporting single-parent families, brought the camp to Tampa for the first time after previously hosting the event in his hometown of Oklahoma City.
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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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