— AdventHealth, the Exclusive Hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, partnered with Tampa Bay philanthropist Thaddeus Bullard aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to provide more than 15,000 children with free health services, backpacks, and school supplies during the 2019 Back to School Bash and Kick Off Classic at Raymond James Stadium.
“It’s an honor to partner with the Bullard Family Foundation and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to provide more than 15,000 children and families with health and wellness services as they head back to school,” said Lauren Key, Senior Executive Officer of Consumer Strategy of AdventHealth West Florida Division. “Our care extends beyond the hospital, we want to provide health, hope and healing that allows the people in our communities to feel whole.”
AdventHealth provided 200 free sport and school entry physicals for students. The Glazer Family Foundation Mobile Vision Clinic provided free eye exams and eyeglasses for children. The Bullard Family Foundation, with the help of the Hillsborough County Education Foundation, provided free haircuts, dental cleanings and more than 15,000 backpacks stocked with school supplies and food for students
“I’m honored and thrilled to be doing this huge event for the second year in a row with AdventHealth and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” said Thaddeus Bullard aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil of the Bullard Family Foundation. “By utilizing our platform and bringing together an impressive list of partners and sponsors, we are able to humbly fill the needs list of these families in attendance and make a difference in meaningful ways."
According to Bullard, the “01” start and end times (8:01 am – 2:01 pm) are symbolic to supporting unity and coming together as ONE for change.
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with our partners at AdventHealth as well as the Bullard Family Foundation to assist more than 15,000 children as they prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Brian Ford, Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer. “Last year, we launched the single-largest school program in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history and are excited to continue to support the students and families of Hillsborough County Public Schools at this year’s Back to School Bash and Kick Off Classic.”
In addition to free care services, families tested their agility and football skills at Bucs Beach and had an opportunity to meet Captain Fear and the Tampa Bay Buccaneer cheerleaders.
About AdventHealth West Florida Division (Formerly Florida Hospital)
The West Florida Division of AdventHealth has some of the nation’s brightest medical minds making lifesaving breakthroughs with surgical pioneers, scientists and researchers using leading edge technology and innovation to deliver our brand of whole-person care. Our network of care includes AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Connerton, AdventHealth Dade City, AdventHealth Lake Placid, AdventHealth North Pinellas, AdventHealth Ocala, AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Tampa, AdventHealth Wauchula, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills, as well as three freestanding offsite Emergency Rooms including AdventHealth Central Pasco ER, AdventHealth Palm Harbor ER and AdventHealth TimberRidge ER. We are more than hospitals, as we have a robust system of care including specialty acute care, over 200 primary care and specialty employed physicians, Express Care at Walgreens clinics, urgent care centers, wound care, physical therapy and home health care. AdventHealth is a faith-based not-for-profit health care system with a mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. AdventHealth has hundreds of care sites and nearly 50 hospitals across the United States. For more information about AdventHealth, visit AdventHealth.com, or Facebook.com/AdventHealth, and for West Florida Division, click here.
About Bullard Family Foundation
The Bullard Family Foundation, founded by Thaddeus Bullard (aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil), provides families and children everywhere with moments, programs, and resources to help build character and community and spark transformational change for those in need.
About Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, coaches, cheerleaders, legends, and staff play an active role in community improvement through a variety of youth health and education initiatives, family outreach, and military support. Innovative partnerships with local nonprofit organizations provide assistance to thousands of Central Florida residents each year. Glazer Family Foundation initiatives including the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile and the Glazer Children’s Museum continue to enhance learning opportunities for Bay Area youths. To learn more about the organization’s commitment to making Tampa Bay better today and for generations to come, visit Buccaneers.com/community.