A tradition continues: Kicking for Kids raises thousands for Florida children’s hospitals
Raymond James and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have teamed up for more than 20 years to make a difference on and off the field.
Since our founding in 1962, Raymond James has been committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work – and we’re proud to continue this legacy through our partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Since 2000, Raymond James and the Buccaneers have teamed up to support patients and families through the Kicking for Kids program, pledging a donation for every field goal made. This season, Raymond James committed $1,500 per field goal to three designated Tampa Bay-area children’s hospitals.
“Our partnership with the Bucs has been a long-standing, beneficial partnership – the type that stands the test of time,” said Tampa Bay Complex Manager Michelle Lynch. “Not only because Raymond James has had naming rights to the stadium since 1998, but perhaps more importantly because we continue to work together to support our communities.”
Thanks to kicker Ryan Succop, the Bucs notched 37 successful three-pointers throughout the regular season and post season, bringing our 2020 donation to a collective $55,500 – benefiting Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.
“I love knowing that the work that I put in on the field not only helps my team, but also helps the future leaders of our community,” Succop said.
Raymond James, the Bucs and families and representatives from the benefiting hospitals came together at Raymond James Stadium this year to celebrate the program – and have some on-field fun. Guests were joined by former Buccaneers Super Bowl-winning kicker Martin Gramatica, who taught the kids a thing or two about kicking between the goal posts.
“This partnership started when I was kicking back in 2000 – all I had to do was my job, and the better I did my job, the more money we raised,” Gramatica said. “I’m super proud that (the program) is still going.”
Since the Raymond James Kicking for Kids program began in 2000, Raymond James has donated more than $450,000 to local children’s hospitals.