TAMPA, Fla. — Rookie members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including Mike Edwards, Matt Gay, Scotty Miller and Sean Murphy-Bunting, are bringing the NFL experience to students from Redlands Christian Migrant Association Leadership Academy, Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy Middle School and Sligh Middle Magnet School on Oct. 29. 

Moffitt Cancer Center’s lawn will transform into a makeshift football field where students from the Healthy KIDZ Program at Moffitt will learn flag football fundamentals as part of the Jr. Bucs Middle School Flag Football Program. Through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation, the program aims to enhance the flag football curriculum for nearly 70,000 middle school students in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties by providing flag kits, equipment and instruction throughout each school year.

The Dairy Council of Florida will also provide nutritious snacks and drinks for the kids to fuel up on after they hit the field.

Healthy KIDZ at Moffitt Cancer Center is an innovative health education program that teaches students the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and the dangers of smoking. Students will learn more about cancer prevention before hitting the gridiron for a pewter practice with the Bucs.

The Bucs rookies will also bring some tricks and treats to the cancer center as they visit patients. This portion of the event will be closed to the media; however, footage of the player-patient interaction will be provided.

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WHO: Moffitt Cancer Center

WHAT: The 2019 Buccaneers Rookie Class will run football drills with students from the Healthy KIDZ Program

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Gold Valet

View video and interviews from last year’s event here.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 6,500 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube