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Bucs announce scholarships for female football players

Applications opened Wednesday on National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) works with kids from Roland Park K-8 during a presentation introducing the Jr. Bucs School Program after Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp at One Buc Place on August 22, 2018. The program will work with more than 300 middle and high schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. It includes player-led instructional videos, flag football kits, new fitness equipment and an enhanced reading program for every student.

The Bucs’ foundation will offer up to four $5,000 scholarships to female high school football players participating in touch, flag or tackle. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation announced the opening of applications on Wednesday in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

In November, the Bucs became the first NFL team to establish a nationwide academic scholarship designed to benefit female players who plan to pursue a career in sports. Girls can apply at The application deadline is 3 p.m. March 23.

The scholarships, made possible by a $250,000 gift from the foundation, headline a number of Bucs initiatives to promote girls in football this month.

The team also announced Wednesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Girls Flag Football League (City of Tampa) has doubled in size for the 2020 season. More than 200 players age 6-14 representing 20 teams open play Monday, with the foundation covering league fees for every player.

The Bucs will host a 57-team high school flag football tournament Feb. 26-29 at their AdventHealth Training Center featuring 1,200 female players from across Florida. The marquee matchup Feb. 28 will pit defending state champions Robinson (1A) and Alonso (2A).