Super Bowl XLIII to affect Tampa schools, too
If you said NFL players as part of the big game between the Cardinals and the Steelers, you were right.
The NFL likes to show its civic side by supporting the host community, and who better to give to than the kids (otherwise known as the fans of the future)?
Several Buccaneers, including Michael Clayton and Jovan Haye, will visit area schools Thursday and Friday to celebrate the fifth-grade winners of the Stay Cool in School essay contest. The big winner -- yet to be announced -- gets major access to the Super Bowl game. Cool.
Fifth-graders from eight schools -- Brooksville, Crystal Lake, High Point, Richey,
Oneco, Orange Ridge and Witter elementaries and Sacred Heart Academy -- who have been pen pals this year will meet in person for the first time Monday at Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School (the school founded by Derrick Brooks). They'll get to interact with Duke Preston, Cadillac Williams and other players.
On Tuesday, five players including Ike Hilliard and Keiwan Ratliff will head to John Long Middle for a fitness program with students.
Too many players to name will participate in the kickoff of Read Across America on Wednesday.
And on Thursday, Hall of Famer Steve Young and commissioner Roger Goodell will announce a $1-million donation to the two NFL Youth Education Towns in Tampa.
Who says the Super Bowl is just a game?