TAMPA, Fla. – November 24, 2020 – Community partners are teaming up with the National Football League, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a Super Bowl project that puts books, sports equipment, school supplies and games in the hands of local children. The project, called Super Kids-Super Sharing, has been implemented in every Super Bowl host community for the past 22 years and area residents are invited to help.
Beginning on “Giving Tuesday,” Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 18, Super Kids partners will host collections at their facilities. Donated items will be shared with the children they serve and with Replay Tampa Bay and Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. Participating in this effort are the YMCAs of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation, the City of Tampa, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and numerous schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
“It has been incredible to see so many community partners step forward to help local children in need in the midst of a pandemic,” said Susan Groh, Associate Director of NFL Green. “The Tampa Bay community has rallied around the effort to assist local children during these challenging times and helped to find innovative ways to make Super Kids happen.”
Longtime NFL Green partner Verizon has supported the Super Kids initiative for the past eight years by providing grants to organizations that work with children in the Super Bowl host community. This year’s grants included $25,000 to Hillsborough Education Foundation to support innovative school and classroom enrichment opportunities for students and teachers throughout the district, including a STEM camp and robotics program where young ladies in middle and high school could build and test underwater robots. A $20,000 grant was also awarded to the Florida Aquarium to support education and conservation initiatives.
Since its inception in 2000 at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta, the Super Kids-Super Sharing project has placed hundreds of thousands of books, school supplies and sports equipment into the hands of children in Super Bowl host communities.
The Super Kids–Super Sharing project is part of NFL Green. It encourages children and families to repurpose items they no longer need and pass them along to others who can benefit. The program also promotes NFL PLAY 60, the league's youth health and wellness campaign, by sharing sports equipment among children in the community.
New and very gently used books appropriate for school children, sports equipment of all types, school supplies and board and video games can be dropped off at the following locations and times: CLICK HERE