Each year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city through the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, by giving an annual $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation. This year, a $2 million grant -- supported by funding from the NFL Foundation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee -- will support Forever 55, the Host Committee's primary social legacy initiative. Forever 55 represents the everlasting impression that Super Bowl LV will have on the Tampa community and focuses on six pillars of support including: the First 1,000 Days (Early Childhood Education); Fuel (Food Insecurity); Families (At-Risk, Unsheltered and Veterans); Fitness (Health and Wellness); Future (Sustainability) and Further (Systemic Justice).
The NFL Foundation's Super Bowl Legacy Grant contribution supports several Forever 55 initiatives, including programs and resources for at-risk, underprivileged families; a three-year youth mentorship and leadership program in East Tampa spearheaded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; the resoLVe action initiative which aims to help eliminate systemic injustice and structural racism through the support of local community organizations focused on community policing and financial literacy; and the Forever 55 Grant Program, which was designed to help fund a variety of community projects in underserved communities directly related to Forever 55's six pillars.
NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-owner & president of Glazer Vision Foundation DARCIE GLAZER KASSEWITZ,Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee CEO ROB HIGGINS, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee COO CLAIRE LESSINGER, Director, Business Connect & Community Outreach, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee LAKENDRIA ROBINSON, City of Tampa mayor JANE CASTOR and Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee co-chair and Buccaneers legend DERRICK BROOKS were present for the press conference Friday at Water Works Park.
"With this past year being so tough for so many, we wanted to work alongside the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to ensure we were able to help those in the greatest need immediately and make a positive impact," said NFL vice president of philanthropy and executive director of the NFL Foundation, ALEXIA GALLAGHER. "We're proud that our grant partnership has helped to provide meaningful resources and support to the Tampa Bay community during these challenging times and for years to come."
In addition to the Super Bowl Legacy Grant recognition event, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner BRYAN GLAZER and chief operating officer BRIAN FORD presented longtime Tampa Bay civic leader, LEONARD LEVY with a special Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey, while Mayor Castor proclaimed February 5, 2021 as "J. Leonard Levy Day" in the city of Tampa. Levy led the region's effort to be awarded Tampa Bay's NFL Franchise in 1974. He subsequently spearheaded the area's pursuit and hosting of its first Super Bowl (XVIII) in 1984 and has been instrumental in helping either Chair, Co-Chair or serve on the Board of Directors for each of the four Super Bowls (XXV, XXXV, XLIII, and LV) that have followed.
About the NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.
About Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee
"Forward. Forever. Together."The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, a private, nonprofit 501 (c)(6), represents local community leaders in business, tourism, sports, entertainment, and government and serves as the direct liaison to the National Football League for the region's collective hosting effort. The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee's focus is on raising the bar for the fan experience in the Tampa Bay region during Super Bowl week, creating a lasting legacy through our Host Committee's primary social legacy project, "Forever 55," showcasing the destination's recent progress and exciting future, all while delivering a fifth world-class Super Bowl. For news and event information, follow us on social at @TampaBayLV or visit TampaBayLV.com.