THROUGH VIRTUAL AND PHYSICALLY-DISTANCED IN-PERSON EVENTS, EFFORTS FOCUS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE, SUSTAINABILITY, THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER, YOUTH WELLNESS, MILITARY APPRECIATION, AMONG OTHERS
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.
Super 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.
The following are just some of the ways the NFL and Super Bowl LV will positively impact the Tampa Bay community in compliance with both local and CDC health and safety guidelines.
SUPER BOWL LV BUSINESS CONNECT CELEBRATION
VIRTUAL: The NFL will host its virtual Super Bowl LV Business Connect Celebration - Opportunity. Teamwork. Success. on Monday, Feb. 1, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event is a celebration of the Super Bowl LV Business Connect program, spotlighting the accomplishments of suppliers and local companies who participated in the year-long program designed to bring Super Bowl-related contract opportunities, professional development and networking opportunities to local, diverse businesses in Tampa. In partnership with the Business Connect team, over 200 local woman, minority, LGBTQ+, and veteran-owned companies worked through myriad COVID-19-related business disruptions to prepare for Super Bowl LV and the jobs it will bring to the Tampa Bay area.
The Business Connect Celebration is a private event for participating business owners. A virtual networking reception will kick off the evening, followed by a recognition of suppliers who have excelled in the program. The event will culminate with a handoff ceremony acknowledging Tampa Host Committee partner, LaKendria Robinson's, leadership in the marketplace and introducing the Business Connect program local lead in Los Angeles.
While the event is closed to the media, Business Connect representatives are available for interviews upon request and can provide contact information for participating supplier interviews.
For more information, contact B.J. Waymer, NFL Business Connect, at (704) 614-6352 or email@example.com.
NFL/UNITED WAY CHARACTER PLAYBOOK VIRTUAL "ANGST" FILM SCREENING
AND PANEL DISCUSSION
VIRTUAL: The NFL will host three virtual screenings of the IndieFlix film, Angst, followed by a star-studded virtual panel discussion of the film on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. for NFL/United Way Worldwide Character Playbook students and teachers. Angst is a film-based education program designed to raise awareness around anxiety, and to break down the stigma associated with mental health; the film is a natural extension of the Mental Wellness Basics digital course component of the Character Playbook program. Panelists include Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ CHARK, Baltimore Ravens DT CALAIS CAMPBELL, NFL VP of Clinical and Wellness Services DR. NYAKA NIILAMPTI, and United Way Worldwide Chief Experience Officer STAN LITTLE. Middle- and high school students, teachers and families interested in joining a virtual screening and the panel discussion can register here: https://www.indieflix.com/nfl-character-playbook-angst.
Funded by the NFL Foundation and United Way Worldwide, Character Playbook is a digital education resource that supports positive character development, social-emotional learning, mental wellness, and health relationships in middle- and high school students and is available to all U.S. schools free of charge.
For more information, please contact Jordyn White at Jordyn.White@nfl.com.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS CENTER SUPPLY DROP OFF
IN-PERSON: On Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 1-2 p.m. five volunteers will work with the NFL on a hygiene supply drop-off at local domestic violence shelter and Crisis Center.
Media who wish to cover the event should RSVP to Jordyn White at Jordyn.White@nfl.com.
1st AND FUTURE
VIRTUAL: The 6th annual NFL 1st and Future competition powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be broadcast in primetime on NFL Network on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. 1st and Future is the NFL's annual pitch competition designed to spur innovation in player health, safety and performance.
This year's event will feature two categories of competition. The Innovations to Advance Player Health and Safety Competition will feature up to four start-up businesses pitching their innovations that could improve player health and safety, including protective equipment, medical devices, sensors and training devices. The second category, the NFL Computer Vision Competition, crowdsourced access to NFL game data to model a computer vision system for detecting on-field helmet impacts during NFL plays.
NFL PLAY 60 KIDS DAY
VIRTUAL: The NFL and the American Heart Association will host a virtual one-hour NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day virtual event on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 1 – 2 p.m. ET for youth across the country featuring an interactive segment powered by GoNoodle focused on encouraging youth to stay active and healthy. The event will include appearances by NFL players, cheerleaders, and mascots participating in NFL PLAY 60 related physical activity exercises that encourage youth to get moving for 60 minutes a day. The event will be a fun and engaging way for teachers and parents to bring NFL PLAY 60 into their classroom or home. Visit www.NFL.com/PLAY60 for more information.
PLAY FOOTBALL HIGH SCHOOL DAY
IN-PERSON: In recognition of National Girls and Women's in Sports Day, the NFL, in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Nike, will celebrate female flag football student-athletes and coaches from Hillsborough County (Tampa) at this year's Play Football High School Day to be held at Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe's. The student-athletes will hear from sport industry professionals, discuss the values learned from the game, and will have the opportunity to showcase their skills. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m.
Media who would like to attend should RSVP to Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers at Taylor.Kielpinski-Rogers@nfl.com.
NFL INSPIRE CHANGE DIGITAL DIVIDE PROGRAM
VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: On Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 10:15-11:30 a.m., Jefferson High School students will take part in EVERFI's 306 African-American history program. During the event, students will discuss one of EVERFI's new modules focused on Black trailblazers in business with a panel of thought leaders including NFL players. Funded by the NFL in schools nationwide, the EVERFI 306 program provides schools with a digital African-American history curriculum. The event will take place at Jefferson High School (4401 W Cypress St, Tampa). As part of ongoing efforts to help address the "digital divide" the NFL in collaboration with the Hillsborough Education Foundation will make a contribution to assist students throughout Tampa Bay.
Media interested in attending onsite should RSVP to Kelsey Boyd at Kelsey.Boyd@nfl.com.
METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES STABLE FAMILY PROJECT
IN-PERSON: As part of the Forever 55 Families pillar, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and Metropolitan Ministries have partnered to create the Stable Families Project, supporting 20 Tampa Bay families transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Many of these once-displaced families had to leave behind belongings before moving into a shelter. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, we celebrate their resilience as we welcome them home. Thanks to dedicated funding from the Stable Families project these families will move into newly furnished apartments at Sabal Place, providing a comfortable home where they can continue to thrive.
This event is not open to the public but will have limited media accessibility. For more information, please contact Jennifer Renspie, Crackerjack Media at Jennifer@crackerjackmedia.com or (813) 352-9115.
INAUGURAL MADDEN NFL 21 X HBCU SHOWCASE
VIRTUAL: This season the NFL hosted the first-of-its-kind, inaugural Madden NFL 21 x HBCU Tournament. The top four gamers in the tournament from each HBCU athletic conference have advanced to the final round taking place ahead of Super Bowl LV. Finalists will compete in a showcase hosted by Nerd Street Gamers. Fans and interested media can tune in to the final bracket live on Nerd Street Gamers' Twitch. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5000. Runner ups in second and third place will each receive $2500. The tournament was designed to connect HBCU communities and encourage competition among the most talented Madden NFL 21 players from schools representing the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The event is just one of several programs the NFL has implemented to recognize and strengthen its relationships with HBCUs across the country. For more information, follow @nerdstgamers on Twitter or visit http://www.nerdstgamers.com.
For more information, please contact Kelsey Boyd at Kelsey.Boyd@nfl.com.
REBUILDING TOGETHER TAMPA BAY
IN-PERSON: In partnership with Lowe's, the Official Home Improvement Retail Sponsor of the NFL, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay will provide critical repairs for 30 homes in West Tampa, East Tampa, Drew Park, Orient Park and Sulphur Springs as part of Kickoff to Rebuild.
Kickoff to Rebuild is an annual Super Bowl-sanctioned event hosted by Rebuilding Together, a leading national housing nonprofit with a mission to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize communities. This year's event will be led by local nonprofit affiliate, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, which has served the Tampa Bay area for 20 years.
While following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, volunteers from Lowe's, Rebuilding Together, local contractors and community members will perform home repairs, including roof replacements, mold remediation, repairing and replacing non-operations smoke alarms, installation of new flooring, interior and exterior painting, HVAC repairs, bathroom renovations, addressing water damage and more."
For more information, please contact Max Gouttebroze, Rebuilding Together, 209-277-1675.
NFL GREEN WELLSWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN BUILD
IN-PERSON: On Thursday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. (photo/video opportunity will take place at 2:15 p.m.) the NFL will team up with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to build a community garden at Wellswood Park Community Center. The volunteers will help install hydroponic gardens, garden boxes, pollinator gardens, fruit trees, a shed and more. Children who attend the community center will learn about healthy eating and how to grow vegetables, and will build their own garden boxes to take home to continue to grow their own food.
Media who would like to attend should RSVP to Jordyn White at Jordyn.White@nfl.com.
SALUTE TO SERVICE EVENT AT MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE
IN-PERSON: On Thursday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. the NFL will team up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to surprise and thank service members and their families at MacDill Air Force Base. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, Mascot and NFL Legends will make 3 – 5 different stops across the base, including a tour of a B1 Bomber and KC-135 Tanker, getting a glimpse into the life on base. The guests will spend time with and thank each group for their service along the tour. Each visit will also include surprise NFL-themed gift for those in attendance. The NFL's longstanding commitment to the military remains a priority and through Salute to Service and events such as this one, the League is able to honor and connect with service members and military families.
NOTE: Media will need to submit full legal name, driver's license number and date of birth 72 hours in advance to be approved by the base.
Please submit information or contact Liz McCollum at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER VOLUNTEER PROJECT
IN-PERSON: On Thursday, Feb. 4 the NFL will host a volunteer event at The Spring of Tampa Bay. Approximately 10-15 volunteers from the NFL, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and the Junior League of Tampa will participate in a general refurbishment at the center. This event is not open to the media.
HUDDLE TO TACKLE HUNGER' EVENTS AT FEEDING TAMPA BAY TRINITY CAFÉ LOCATIONS
IN-PERSON: On Thursday, Feb. 4 from 4-6 p.m. the NFL will host a meal distribution event as part of the 'Huddle to Tackle Hunger' initiative that supports community members and local restaurants hit hardest by the pandemic. NFL friends and family, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and mascot, will assist Feeding Tampa Bay by providing meals at the 7330 54th Ave., North, St. Trinity Café location. Trinity Cafe is Feeding Tampa Bay's free, full-service restaurant, open to guests 365 days a year, and provides a healthy and nutritious meal to those in need.
There will be a second event open to media on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9-11 a.m. hosted at another Trinity Café location at 22-2 E. Busch Blvd.
These meals will be catered by local restaurants and funded by the NFL Foundation. The two food distribution events during Super Bowl week will act as a launching pad to a 44-week, long-term program as a continued fight against hunger and those impacted by COVID.
The restaurants selected to participate in 'Huddle to Tackle Hunger' were recommended by the NFL's Super Bowl LV Business Connect program, which works proactively to create opportunities for experienced, diverse, and certified local small business owners to compete for contract opportunities related to NFL signature events such as Super Bowl. The list of local restaurants who will benefit from the 'Huddle to Tackle Hunger' program are: Mr B's, Healthy & Fresco, Pipo's, Mise en Place, Cask Social, Kay's Kitchen, Mr. Emanada, Ava's Lowcountry Cuisine, Datz, M&R Café Southern Cuisine, Michelle Faedo's Tampeno Cuisine and Island Flavors & Things.
The Official Soup Sponsor of the NFL, Campbell's Chunky, will be contributing to both events with Feeding Tampa Bay and providing each visitor with cans of soup in addition to the meal they will already be receiving – adding on to their long history of fighting hunger and giving back to the community.
Media who would like to attend should RSVP to Jordyn White at Jordyn.White@nfl.com.
RISE TO HOST SIXTH ANNUAL SUPER BOWL SOCIAL JUSTICE CRITICAL CONVERSATION AND CELEBRATE ATHLETES AND STUDENTS LEADING FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUITY
VIRTUAL: The sixth annual RISE Super Bowl Critical Conversation will feature NFL players addressing the question, "What comes next?" after our nation experienced a reckoning on race and an unprecedented wave of athlete activism in 2020. We will explore how athletes can best tackle issues of systemic racism, civic engagement and racial and social inequities that have been further exposed by the global pandemic, such as in education and the digital divide. Participants include Kansas City Chiefs PATRICK MAHOMES and TYRANN MATHIEU, as well as RISE CEO Diahann Billings-Burford and CBS Sports Lead NFL Reporter Tracy Wolfson, who will help call Super Bowl LV. The event will be streamed on RISE's Twitter and Facebook pages at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. More information will be available at www.RISEtoWIN.org/SBLV.
In addition, RISE is also partnering with Pepsi to launch its new virtual Champions of Change fan experience, bringing what is typically only available in-person at Super Bowl Experience to fans across the country. Champions of Change takes fans on a multi-sensory journey designed to educate, evoke empathy and inspire action, while highlighting the impact sports have on inspiring social change. Fans will hear firsthand stories from NFL players on their experiences with race, discrimination and activism, and explore the RISE Road to Progress, an interactive timeline that chronicles the historic intersection of sports and social justice. More information will be available at www.RISEtoWIN.org/SBLV
Finally, the RISE Super Bowl Leadership Program will culminate on Tuesday, February 2, as students from across the country will gather virtually with NFL players and executives to present their months-long projects that offer solutions to addressing racial inequities in education. More information will be available at www.RISEtoWIN.org/SBLV
For further details, contact Ian Cutler and Jared Shanker at media@RISEtoWIN.org.
The following is a sampling of virtual events the NFLPA has planned during Super Bowl Week:
The NFLPA will host its first #AthleteAnd Virtual Player Summit during the week of Super Bowl LV. Each day, they will focus on a pillar of their union. On Monday, Feb. 1, New England Patriots linebacker and 2020 Alan Page Community (APC) Award winner BRANDON COPELAND will moderate Community: The Real MVPs, a panel featuring the five finalists for the 2021 APC Award as they discuss the motivation and creative process behind their charitable outreach.
This year has showcased how athletes are mimicking achievement in their sport with success in endeavors that impact their communities. The NFLPA's Entrepreneurship Day: Power Players in Business panel on Tuesday, Feb. 2, will shed light on the business ventures of NFL players and the importance of investing back into the community.
A select group of minority and women entrepreneurs will take the stage to present their innovative businesses to an elite group of judges and an audience of professional athletes, sports industry executives, and investors at the 5th annual NFLPA Pitch Day hosted virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Access to potential funding, mentorship and the NFLPA's exclusive group licensing rights are all at stake for participating companies.
The #AthleteAndMentalHealthAdvocate event on Wednesday, Feb. 3 will highlight players' efforts to lessen the stigma of mental health on and off the field.
On Friday, Feb. 5, a moving and insightful panel conversation with athletes, policymakers and activists will take place centering on Peacock's documentary Black Boys. Executive Produced by Malcolm Jenkins, the documentary acts as a mirror, illuminating the spectrum of humanity for Black boys and men in America through intimate, intergenerational conversations at the intersection of sports, education, and criminal justice.
The NFLPA's Super Bowl weekend philanthropic event, Painting with the Pros, will be held virtually on Friday, Feb. 5 from 1 – 2 p.m. This Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) engagement features NFL Players (former and active) cultivating creativity and mentorship with local high school students while engaging in a canvas painting.
The Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) is set to host its silent art auction, Smocks & Jocks @ Home, on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 12 – 3 p.m. In its 16th year, this premier fundraising event is an opportunity for NFL Players (former and active) to showcase their artistic abilities while supporting the charitable arm of the NFLPA.
For more information and links to the virtual livestream, please contact Erin Lockwood at email@example.com.
SUPER BOWL LEGACY GRANT PRESS CONFERENCE
IN-PERSON: The NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city with the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, made possible each year by a $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation and matched by the Super Bowl Host Committee. This year, the NFL and Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee's grants support Forever 55, the Host Committee's primary social legacy initiative representing the everlasting impression that Super Bowl LV will have on the Tampa community via the First 1,000 Days (Early Childhood Education); Fuel (Food Insecurity); Families (At-Risk, Unsheltered and Veterans); Fitness (Health & Wellness); Future (Sustainability); and Further (Systemic Justice).
On Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m., the NFL, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and Tampa Bay Buccaneers executives will participate in a Super Bowl Legacy Grant press conference at Water Works Park (1701 N Highland Ave., Tampa), to celebrate these grant awards. The NFL Foundation's contribution will support several Forever 55 initiatives including programs and resources for at-risk, underprivileged families; a three-year youth mentorship and leadership program in East Tampa spearheaded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; the resoLVe action initiative which aims to help eliminate systemic injustice and structural racism through the support of local community organizations focused on community policing and financial literacy; and the Forever 55 Legacy Grant program designed to help fund a variety of community projects in underserved communities directly related to Forever 55's pillars.
Media who would like to attend must RSVP to Jordyn White at Jordyn.White@nfl.com.
SUPER BOWL CAREER FAIR
VIRTUAL: On Friday, Feb. 5 the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) will be hosting its 3rd Annual Super Bowl Career Fair. The virtual event will allow NFL Legends the opportunity to network and interview with over 40 national employers including: CBS Sports, Cigna, FedEx, Lowe's, Nationwide, NBC Sports, PepsiCo, Rocket Mortgage, Verizon, Visa, and more. The Career Fair will start with an educational webinar which will include a keynote speech by Gatorade's Senior Vice President & General Manager, Brett O'Brien. The webinar session is open to the media and select participants will be available to speak with media about their event experience.
Media who wish to participate should RSVP to Jordyn White at Jordyn.White@NFL.com.
NFL & ALL PRO DAD'S FAMILY FOOTBALL CLINIC
VIRTUAL: Family and Football is a special event during Super Bowl week designed to encourage family engagement for NFL fathers, their children, and significant others. The program, hosted in conjunction with All Pro Dad, will promote positive parenting while creating memories around the game. Players and Legends are encouraged to join with their families for this fun, interactive, virtual event on Friday, Feb.5 at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers at Taylor.Kielpinski-Rogers@nfl.com.
21st ANNUAL PLAYER NETWORKING EVENT
VIRTUAL: The 21st Annual Player Networking Event™ (PNE) will take place Friday, Feb. 5. PNE, jointly administered with the NFL Alumni Association, targets organizations committed to helping active and former NFL players prepare for life after football.
Due to Covid-19, the event has been reengineered as a virtual experience. Event highlights include our Handle Your Business Podcast and Career Transition Workshop Series featuring six NFL team executives: Adolpho Birch of the Tennessee Titans, Dwayne Joseph of the Las Vegas Raiders, Terrance Gray of the Buffalo Bills, Maurice Kelley of the Seattle Seahawks, Les Pico of the Minnesota Vikings, and Arthur Hightower of the Los Angeles Chargers.
22th ANNUAL SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION
VIRTUAL: 22nd Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will return to BET during Super Bowl LV week on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8:00 p.m. Following the theme "Nothing Can Stop Us," the highly-anticipated night of praise and worship will feature performances by The NFL Players Choir, Erica Campbell, Voices of Fire presented by Pharrell Williams, PJ Morton, Kierra Sheard, Koryn Hawthorne, Zacardi Cortez, and an exclusive performance by gospel music pioneer and living legend John P. Kee. Additionally, the show will feature appearances by Desean Jackson and Dak Prescott. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will present Watson with this year's "Faith In Action Award."
Originating at Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999, the annual event joins together key NFL Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream GRAMMY® Award-winning artists and special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages.
For more information, please visit www.superbowlgospel.com.
LEGENDS COMMUNITY COACHING NETWORK
VIRTUAL: The NFL Legends Community will be officially launching the Legends Community Coaches Network on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. The network celebrates NFL Legends coaching football across all levels while providing them with tools and resources for their team. The event will bring Legends from all over the country together to discuss NFL Way to Play, development opportunities, and will host a Legends coaching panel.
For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers at Taylor.Kielpinski-Rogers@nfl.com.
SUPER BOWL BREAKFAST
VIRTUAL: On this 34th year of the NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast, Saturday, Feb. 6, the event will extend far beyond the host-city of Tampa. Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, this year's breakfast will air as a special Facebook Live event, expanding its reach to sports fans who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to attend in person. The event will feature sports legends such as ANTHONY MUNOZ, CHAD HENNINGS, ROCKY BLEIER, BENJAMIN WATSON, FRANK REICH, JAMES BROWN and will be emceed by AKBAR GBAJABIAMILA, co-host of American Ninja Warrior.
Tony Dungy, Bart Starr Jr. and Cherry Starr will present the 2021 Bart Starr Award during the event. NFL players selected New Orleans Saints' linebacker, DEMARIO DAVIS to receive the award for exemplifying outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. It is the only award—other than the Pro Bowl—voted on by all NFL players.
The award, bearing the name of NFL Hall of Famer, Bart Starr, honors Starr's lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates and community.
Davis is known by his peers for his commitment to community service and social justice. In 2020, Davis helped launch the #SayHerName campaign to raise awareness of issues facing black women in America. His Devoted Dreamers project equips "the next generation of leaders with the tools to be successful, spiritually, mentally, and physically."
To find more information about the Bart Starr Award, the Super Bowl Breakfast and to purchase tickets, visit www.superbowlbreakfast.com.
For more information, contact Darrin Gray at 813-777-3140 or Darrin.Gray@athletesinaction.org.
Taste of the NFL
VIRTUAL: Taste of the NFL @Home, a purpose-driven Super Bowl culinary experience whose mission to fight childhood hunger is more urgent than ever in 2021. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the midst of a global pandemic, Taste of the NFL @Home will feature a completely reimagined and interactive format, with the combined star power of celebrity chefs Carla Hall, Andrew Zimmern and Tim Love cooking up delicious recipes – all with the goal of helping GENYOUth to feed our nation's kids.
The virtual event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. LIVE from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, site of Super Bowl LV. Taste of the NFL @Home will bring the fun and flavor of Super Bowl eating to the comfort and safety of one's kitchen.
For more information on Taste of the NFL @Home and to purchase tickets, go to www.TasteoftheNFL.com.
The NFL, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have teamed up to develop a series of initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl LV and create a "green" legacy in the Tampa Bay area. The focus has been on beautifying and revitalizing coastal areas and public spaces around Tampa Bay.
Community Greening: A dozen community greening projects have been developed in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, NFL partners Verizon, Oikos Triple Zero, Castrol®, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee Sustainability Program presented by Tampa Electric under its Forever 55 social legacy initiative.
Force Blue / Dive 55: NFL Green teamed up with Force Blue retired special operations military veterans, Pepsi Stronger Together and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee to tackle ocean debris, bringing together 55 divers to retrieve marine debris and discarded fishing gear from the waters near Spanish Rocks Reef in Anna Maria, Florida. In addition, NFL Green is working with Force Blue special operations military veterans, the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and The Florida Aquarium to continue restoring a section of Florida's endangered coral reef by planting corals that are resilient in the face of a changing climate.
Super Kids-Super Sharing: In December, community partners teamed up with the National Football League, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a Super Bowl project that put 4,500 books, pieces of 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.
Green and Win: A unique fan engagement project was created this year called "Green and Win." This project gave fans a chance to win a unique Super Bowl hat by posting on social media. Fans were asked to post a photo showing themselves involved in an environmental activity such as recycling, tree planting, a beach clean-up or gardening. One hundred lucky fans were awarded Super Bowl LV hats and a chance to be recognized on NFL social media.
Other NFL Green projects include:
Green Energy: "Green" energy will be used to power major Super Bowl event venues including Raymond James Stadium, the AFC and NFC team hotels, and the NFL headquarters hotel. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to the electricity usage at these facilities will help to mitigate the climate impact of energy emissions.
Food recovery: Excess food from Super Bowl events will be recovered in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay to provide meals for shelters, missions, soup kitchens and other community programs.
Material Recovery: Recovery of event materials will begin immediately after most Super Bowl events. During the week following the game, there will be an intensive drive to collect and donate items left over from Super Bowl including building materials, décor, fabric, carpeting and sign materials. In partnership with The Salvation Army, these items will be donated to local organizations that can reuse, repurpose or remanufacture the material. The NFL has incorporated environmental projects into the management of Super Bowl for more than 25 years.
For more information, contact Susan Groh, NFL Green, at 401-952-0885.