Found this cool story on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ facebook page. Several of the Tampa Bay players spent their day off on Tuesday visiting a local elementary school in Tampa (James Elementary) distributing 80 pairs of glasses to children. The glasses were provided by the the Glazer Family Foundation’s Vision Program. In the picture above you can see Tampa Bay Cornerback LaQuan Lewis posing for a photo with a student, both showing off their specs. The goal of this event was to stress the importance to those students who wear glasses (an others who don’t) the importance of taking care of their eyes. It was also an effort to show them that wearing glasses are cool and that there is no reason to be ashamed of wearing them.
Mission statement of the GFF Foundation’s Vision Program from www.buccaneers.com: “The Glazer Family Foundation’s Vision Program was an initiative starting in 2006 to provide schoolchildren with an opportunity to have vision problems identified in school at an early age. To date, the Foundation has donated Vision Screening Equipment to eight counties in West Central Florida. The Vision Mobile, spearheaded by Darcie Glazer Kassewitz (co-president) in 2009, provides the final step in vision services to correct these students’ inability to see clearly by providing free eye exams and prescription eyeglasses to children at Title One schools. The Vision Mobile visits the schools and provides eye examinations to thousands of disadvantaged children.”
Malcom Glazer is the owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For more information on the Glazer Family Foundation visit http://www.glazerfamilyfoundation.org/