Bucs' Pamphile to create scholarship in mother's memory
Bucs offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile has stepped up as a starting guard entering this season, and on Monday, announced that he'd done so despite a personal tragedy in the past month: his mother, Marie, died at age 57 and was buried Saturday.
"Losing a mom completely disrupts the balance of a household and family. She was our nucleus," Pamphile wrote in a statement issued to the Times. "She was a God-fearing woman. She was nurturing, extremely supportive, and giving to everyone in need. She was a loving and devoted wife, and an amazing mother. She is now our angel."
Pamphile was excused from three practices in early August at the time of her death, and wasn't at Friday's preseason game to be in Miami for her wake and funeral services. The Bucs won 30-13 over the Browns, and quarterback Jameis Winston said after the game that the Bucs, including Josh Allen, who replaced Pamphile at left guard, were motivated to play the game in tribute to their teammate who couldn't be with them.
"(Allen) played a phenomenal game. He and Kevin are the tightest of friends," Winston said. "So he played that game for Kevin. That offensive line played for Kevin. We played that game for Kevin and his family."
Pamphile, 25, has been active in charity work since joining the Bucs, sponsoring a "Back to School" program for children in Haiti, giving school supplies to nearly 250 students. Pamphile also donated 100 Lego building kits to promote learning, with several of his Bucs teammates, including receiver Mike Evans and cornerback Alterraun Verner, helping in his efforts. Now, five students from the YMCA d'Haiti will receive Marie Pamphile Scholarships in memory of his mother, to assist in the cost of their education for the school year.
"In loving memory of our mom, we are planning to create a scholarship fund in her honor to benefit youth in Haiti, her birthplace," Pamphile wrote. "To know my mom, you would know that she was a stickler for education and would lend a hand to anyone who wanted to pursue an education to better themselves. We look forward to carrying on her memory and legacy in our efforts to help benefit others."
Pamphile thanked his family and friends and the Bucs organization for their support, and all others who have passed along thoughts and prayers for him and his family, asking that they be allowed to "grieve her loss privately."