TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - On Monday, June 24, from 9:00 a.m. - noon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson will host dozens of children from local military families for a morning of games and competition at One Buccaneer Place as part of the inaugural Vincent Jackson Youth Camp. In partnership with the Buccaneers, Jackson will teach healthy lifestyle habits and lead children through activities that promote teamwork and camaraderie, before speaking with the group about overcoming challenges that children face when their parents are deployed.
Born in Fort Polk, La., Jackson is the son of two military parents with a combined 25 years of active-duty service. Jackson learned the significance of hard work and self-discipline throughout his adolescence, which included time spent during his parents' service in Phoenix, Az.; Gräfenberg, Germany; and Colorado Springs, Colo. Entering his ninth NFL season, the three-time Pro Bowler has focused his community outreach on supporting military families and children who spend significant time away from their deployed parents. Active in giving back through both Buccaneers events and personal initiatives, Jackson is passionate about raising community awareness on the challenges that exist for developing healthy relationships between deployed U.S. service members and their children.
In March, Jackson was selected by the country's second highest-ranked military officer - Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. - to participate in a USO Tour to the Middle East to greet military stationed overseas. The opportunity was presented as a result of Jackson's efforts to support military families, including a surprise reunion he helped coordinate in December 2012 for SSgt. Austin Story and his family at One Buccaneer Place, as well as the "Jackson in Action" Front Row Fans section at Raymond James Stadium, which provides a special gameday experience for local military families at every Buccaneers home game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are committed to supporting U.S. Armed Forces, both locally and abroad. The Buccaneers' appreciation efforts include hosting an annual Salute to Service Game each season, as well as honoring distinguished military guests at every Buccaneers home game in the team's Salute to Service Suite. In 2012, the team held the first ever Central Florida Military Resource Fair, providing more than a 1,000 active duty military and veterans with job placement assistance, medical screenings, and health care enrollment. General Manager Mark Dominik, a 2012 NFL-USAA Salute to Service Award finalist, has led Buccaneers visits to MacDill Air Force Base, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, U.S. Coast Guard: Sector St. Petersburg, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, and Bay Pines VA Hospital. And the team has supported the military through disabled veteran home renovation projects, special training camp events, and military fundraisers. To learn more about what the Buccaneers are doing in the community, visit www.buccaneers.com/community.
For more information on Jackson's charity, Jackson In Action 83 Foundation, please visit: http://www.jacksoninaction83.org/