Sports world lends a helping hand after Hurricane Ian

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The Buccaneers and Lightning were moved this week. The two organizations have already donated $3 million to disaster relief funds in Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. — So many of our lives have been changed this week, and if we’re lucky, that’s all.

Just a small inconvenience.

Unfortunately, there are our friends a few hours south of Tampa who don’t have that luxury. Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte and surrounding towns will be in recovery mode for some time, and it’s up to many of us in the community to help these areas thrive again.

The sports world has already jumped into the picture by doing what it can to help in the form of the necessary money.

On Thursday, the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, announced they would donate $1 million to help with Hurricane Ian relief efforts. The donation will be allocated to organizations providing support to those most affected by the storm in Southwest Florida and across the state.

Buccaneers part-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz said: “It will take whole communities working together resiliently for an extended period and our family is committed to helping the recovery.”

Tom Brady is also doing his part by sending his Twitter and Instagram followers to the Florida Disaster Fund while donating an unspecified amount.

The NFL Foundation joined these efforts by matching the Glazer family’s contribution to an additional $1 million for Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

In tandem with the Bucs, the NFL Foundation will work to identify and fund nonprofit organizations that will meet the immediate needs of those affected throughout Florida.

Following Sunday night’s Kansas City Chiefs game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside Raymond James Stadium, the NFL will also auction off a limited number of game-worn jerseys and other unique items on which the fans can bid at NFL.com/auction to support the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Ian relief efforts (www.redcross.org/nfl). NFL Auction also has several items already listed to bid on to raise funds for disaster relief.

There will also be a line of Florida Strong t-shirts for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers available on the NFL Shop. The NFL does not retain any profit from the sale of Florida Strong products. The NFL Foundation will donate funds from the sale of these products to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

Ever since Jeff Vinik took over the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, charitable contributions to communities have been an unwavering mainstay. The Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation announced that they are each donating $1 million, for a combined total of $2 million, to Hurricane Ian relief efforts and those negatively impacted by it. storm.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially in the southwest region of the state,” said Jeff Vinik, owner and president of Lightning. “At times like these, the most important thing we can do is support each other, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months ahead.”

The Lightning and the Vinik Family Foundation will continue to form key partnerships and identify opportunities to support those in need following this tragic event. The Lightning and Vinik Family Foundation encourage everyone to support however they can and those looking to make financial contributions through the Lightning Foundation can do so by visiting www.TampaBayLightning.com/Donate.

As the Rays take on the Astros, the city of Houston knows this pain all too well. They are looking to help by donating the proceeds of their 50-50 draw from these next three games against Tampa Bay to Hurricane Ian relief efforts for Florida, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

And although the Tampa Bay area doesn’t have an NBA team, the Orlando Magic are doing their part by donating $1 million.

In this article alone, we are talking about over $5 million – and many more will be pouring in from different avenues in life.

The end is not in sight, but we have to start somewhere.

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