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Buccaneers to Visit Two Local Elementary Schools to Help Give the Gift of Improved Eyesight and Speak on the Importance of Education

Jan 03, 2013 0 Comments

This week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Glazer Family Foundation and Florida’s Vision Quest will give the gift of clear sight to underprivileged students at two Tampa Bay area elementary schools. Made possible by the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program, the collective will be on hand to present more than 130 students with free prescription eyeglasses.

On Wednesday, January 23, from 1:00 - 1:45 p.m., a Buccaneers player and Buccaneers cheerleaders will travel to Robles Elementary School (4405 Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL) to assist with the delivery of prescription eyeglasses to nearly 80 students in need.

Then on Thursday, January 24, from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m., a Buccaneers player will lead another visit at West Tampa Elementary School (2700 west Cherry St., Tampa, FL) to help the Glazer Family Foundation deliver new prescription glasses to nearly 60 students in need.

All of the students that will receive prescription glasses were previously identified as having uncorrected vision issues by the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Mobile Unit, a fully equipped mobile “optometric office” operated by Florida’s Vision Quest. The Vision Mobile Unit travels to public schools in underprivileged areas throughout Florida, providing free eye screenings and prescription glasses, when needed.

Launched in 1999, the Vision Mobile Unit is sponsored primarily by the Glazer Family Foundation, and is the signature component of the foundation’s Vision Program. On the Vision Mobile Unit, a licensed eye care professional provides comprehensive vision exams to "at risk" students, while an optical technician assists with frame selection and adjustment. New, high-quality prescription eyeglasses are then manufactured on the spot. Children walk back to their classroom able to see clearly, sometimes for the very first time.

This winter and spring, the Vision Program and Florida’s Vision Quest are supporting 12 Title I schools throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties by providing free vision screenings and prescription glasses to students in need.

It has been the mission of Florida’s Vision Quest and the Glazer Family Foundation to ensure the academic and social success of Florida’s most vulnerable children. Thousands of local students have been provided this much-needed service that not only detects, but helps correct serious vision problems in those who might not otherwise afford such care.

About Florida’s Vision Quest

Florida’s Vision Quest is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving thousands of “at risk” children every year. The organization provides children from low-income and uninsured families across the state with free eye exams and eyeglasses, in addition to raising awareness about the epidemic of uncorrected vision problems amongst low-income students. Florida’s Vision Quest is committed to fiscal responsibility, and to being good stewards of the support and resources that they receive from their generous benefactors. To learn more about Florida’s Vision Quest, visit www.flvq.org.

About the Glazer Family Foundation

The Glazer Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the Central Florida region, Florida’s Vision Quest being one of those causes. The Foundation helps better the lives of children and families by establishing lasting, impactful programs throughout Florida communities. The Glazer family, who own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established the Foundation in 1999. Since that time, the Glazer Family Foundation has given millions of dollars in programs, grants, tickets and merchandise to the Tampa Bay area, including a $5 million donation toward the construction of the Glazer Children's Museum. Learn how the Glazer Family Foundation continues to support the community at www.GlazerFamilyFoundation.org.

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