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Cut for a Cure: Licht will shave his head if Bucs raise $100,000

General manager chips in on team's annual pediatric cancer research fundraiser with ambitious challenge.
Bucs tight end Alan Cross, left, gets his head shaved at last year's "Cut for a Cure" fundraiser, while lineman Ali Marpet got his hair colored as part of the event. (GREG AUMAN | Times)
Published May 28, 2018
Updated May 28, 2018

The Bucs' involvement in the "Cut for a Cure" campaign has been one of its most successful charity fundraising efforts in recent years, raising $40,000 two years ago and $75,000 in 2017.

Bucs players draw pledges — and often make them themselves — while spending time with children battling cancer, who get to shave (or cut or dye red) the heads of Bucs players and staffers at One Buc Place.

This year's, set for June 4, has a fun wrinkle: Bucs general manager Jason Licht has committed to have his head shaved if the team can raise $100,000, and judging by the players proudly announcing his news, there's a good chance they'll reach that goal.

"Let's get this going!" tweeted new Bucs defensive tackle Beau Allen with a link where fans can donate to the cause.

Tackle Donovan Smith and linebacker Lavonte David have tweeted out links as well, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has made significant donations in each of the last two years to help the Bucs meet or exceed their goals. Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and other prominent Bucs have taken part as well.

Here are pics from last year's event — Bucs CEO Brian Ford has joined the players in getting his head shaved in years past. We wrote last year about Bucs director of sales Deno Anagnost, who again has already raised close to $10,000 in pledges himself for the cause.