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Most influential women in Tampa Bay sports: Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Glazer Family Foundation

TP_340241_CODD_BUCSBEAR_1 PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (06/20/2011, TAMPA) Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation, smiles while chatting with 4-year-old Sterling Chambers of Tampa, after giving the little boy a stuffed teddy bear at St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital in Tampa Monday (06/20/2011) afternoon. The number of stuffed bears that the Glazer Family Foundation has given to sick children in hospitals throughout the Tampa Bay area recently topped the four hundred thousand mark. Now the foundation's "Cheering You On!" program, which has been distributing the bears since 1999, is seeking input from fans to give the bears a name. Kassewitz was on hand to announce  the contest and to share some time with some of the young patients at the hospital. Besides the teddy bears, children were able to participate in arts and crafts as well as make their own ice cream sundaes. "He loves his bear," said Sterling's mom Darlene Chambers as little Sterling hugged his bear tightly. "He named his bear, 'Rainbow'." Kassewitz told the boy that she liked his bear's name and urged him to submit the name as part of the name-the-bear contest. Fans who enter the contest will have an opportunity to win a VIP Buccaneers or cheerleader experience according to Allen barrett, public relations coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For more information, log on to www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org SUMMARY: Glazer Family Foundation has been giving away stuffed teddy bears since 1999 to sick children in Tampa Bay area hospitals. Now they are announcing a contest for fans to give the bears a name [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]
TP_340241_CODD_BUCSBEAR_1 PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (06/20/2011, TAMPA) Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation, smiles while chatting with 4-year-old Sterling Chambers of Tampa, after giving the little boy a stuffed teddy bear at St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital in Tampa Monday (06/20/2011) afternoon. The number of stuffed bears that the Glazer Family Foundation has given to sick children in hospitals throughout the Tampa Bay area recently topped the four hundred thousand mark. Now the foundation's "Cheering You On!" program, which has been distributing the bears since 1999, is seeking input from fans to give the bears a name. Kassewitz was on hand to announce the contest and to share some time with some of the young patients at the hospital. Besides the teddy bears, children were able to participate in arts and crafts as well as make their own ice cream sundaes. "He loves his bear," said Sterling's mom Darlene Chambers as little Sterling hugged his bear tightly. "He named his bear, 'Rainbow'." Kassewitz told the boy that she liked his bear's name and urged him to submit the name as part of the name-the-bear contest. Fans who enter the contest will have an opportunity to win a VIP Buccaneers or cheerleader experience according to Allen barrett, public relations coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For more information, log on to www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org SUMMARY: Glazer Family Foundation has been giving away stuffed teddy bears since 1999 to sick children in Tampa Bay area hospitals. Now they are announcing a contest for fans to give the bears a name [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]
Published Jul. 10, 2016

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."

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

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