Bucs join NFL in $400,000 donation to Orlando shooting victims
The Bucs are the latest Tampa-area team to join in supporting the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, as the NFL Foundation and the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars have combined for a $400,000 donation to the OneOrlando Fund to help victims' families and survivors.
"The tragic and heartbreaking events that occurred in Orlando last week have had a profound effect on our entire country," said Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation, in a statement. "We stand united with our neighbors in Orlando and pledge our support as they begin the process of healing as a community. Our deepest condolences go out to those who lost loved ones, and we all continue to keep them, as well as all those who were impacted, in our hearts and minds."
The Bucs' donation comes a week after the Rays and Major League Baseball donated more than $300,000 to help in Orlando as the proceeds from their annual Pride Night, which drew a sellout crowd of more than 40,000 fans to Tropicana Field, with free "WE ARE ORLANDO" shirts going to all in attendance.
Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer said in a statement that the recovery process in his city will be a long one, but the generosity shown in the past two weeks from across the state, nationa and beyond will help make that happen.
"Our city has just begun to recover from the impact of the Pulse tragedy," Dyer said. "The support of partners like the NFL and the NFL's three Florida-based teams sends a signal to our city that we are not in this alone. The money we are raising will provide a way to help us respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come. Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are for the outpouring of support from across the globe."
The NFL will hold its Pro Bowl in Orlando after the upcoming season, and a Dolphins preseason game will be played in Orlando in August as well.
"Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. This was a deeply disturbing and tragic event, one that has had reverberations across the entire country," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "We are encouraged by the strength and resilience of the Orlando community and will continue to look for ways to lend our support."
Donations for the OneOrlando Fund can be sent by mail (check payable to OneOrlando Fund) to OneOrlando, P.O. Box 4990, Orlando FL 32802-4990.