NEW YORK – Super Bowl LV will look different than previous years due to changes brought forth from COVID-19 safety protocols, but the NFL will continue to impact the Tampa Bay community in positive ways in coordination with CDC guidelines. In the weeks preceding the game, more than 20 charitable activities and community outreach events will enrich the community and provide lasting legacies.
Sper Bowl Week activities include community projects made possible by NFL Foundation Super Bowl Legacy Grants and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, community greening projects, a Salute to Service event at MacDill Air Force Base, a virtual NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day and the announcement of the annual Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide winner.
The NFL and Feeding Tampa Bay (FTB) partnered to create ‘Huddle to Tackle Hunger,” a Super Bowl LV initiative to combat food insecurity in the region, an issue that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. As a part of this program, the NFL Foundation made a $250,000 donation to FTB to both assist in supporting local restaurants that have been significantly affected by COVID-19 and provide meals to those that need it most. The program will run for 44 weeks following Super Bowl LV. In addition, the NFL and FTB have launched a volunteer sweepstakes for a chance to attend Super Bowl LV that closes February 3 and will host two volunteer events to encourage local residents to sign up to volunteer with FTB to help fight hunger within their community.
A $2 million investment was also made by the NFL Foundation and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee as part of the “Forever 55” social legacy initiative that focuses on pillars that best reflect the needs of the Tampa community: early childhood education, food insecurity, families, health and wellness, sustainability and social justice. Together, the NFL and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, alongside community and civic partners, will collaborate in an intentional and strategic way to create, support and implement long-lasting initiatives throughout Tampa Bay.
During the week, the NFL will conduct volunteer events at local domestic violence shelters and sexual assault survivor organizations, including The Spring of Tampa Bay and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The league is also working with the Hillsborough County Commission on Human Trafficking and the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, providing financial grants to address those issues in the Tampa area.
The youth and high school football community will be celebrated throughout Super Bowl LV. Student-athletes and coaches will have the opportunity to enhance their football skills and learn the values associated with the game.