TAMPA — The Glazer family had owned the Bucs for 20 years before Darcie Glazer Kassewitz moved here full time from Palm Beach in 2015, and being here has allowed her to be even more involved in the community.
"Tampa has been part of my family for over two decades," said Kassewitz, 48, who is co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation. "My husband and I thought it was a wonderful city, a great place to raise our family. We really felt it was time to plant permanent roots in a city that's meant so much to me and to my family."
Kassewitz said it is "vitally important" that the Bucs are invested in Tampa Bay, and she's at the forefront of the Buccaneers Academy program, which has provided a "fitness zone" covered outdoor area for activity at 24 area schools, with red canopies providing shade for a combined 14,000 students.
"We have a great platform for affecting positive change in the community," said Kassewitz, who is excited that quarterback Jameis Winston will be part of the program this fall. "It's important that we're creating a long-term vision, because we are going to be here for the long term."
She's also proud of the team's "RED" campaign, launched last season to reach out specifically to female Bucs fans and make the most of their experience at games.
"It's important to strengthen the bond between women and football," she said. "Women are 50 percent of the NFL fan base, and when I moved here, I was incredibly struck by how phenomenal the women are here in Tampa, really moved by it.
"They deserve a great Buccaneers experience, and we're dedicated to that."
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