TAMPA (FOX 13) - When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers show up to your school, you know it's a big deal. For students at Colleen Bevis Elementary, it was the culmination of their ongoing effort to achieve success in the classroom and with their health.
Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, along with several other players, took over Colleen Bevis Elementary to celebrate the school's win in the Play 60 Challenge.
"Seeing all these kids come out here, do what they're supposed to do, not only in the classroom but you know, staying fit as a young kid, it's really important," said Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David.
It was day full of celebrations Tuesday. Not only did the students log 92,605 minutes of physical activity, but they got to celebrate the small feats with the Bucs players who joined them.
"I was in their shoes a couple of years ago, you know a long time ago!" said David. "I know how it feels like to have professional athletes and a professional like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come out and support you for the great things you've done. All it does is get you excited and makes you want to keep doing great things."
Bevis Elementary was one of 24 schools participating in the contest, and the Bucs visit was only half of their reward. The team also presented students with new P.E. equipiment.
"We are always wanting to inspire children to reach their full potential in any capacity," said Glazer Family Foundation Co-President, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. "When we have players come out or cheerleaders or staff members from the Buccaneers, it's always to show kids that they can do it in life. Whatever they want to do, if they work hard, they will accomplish their dreams."
"It goes to show that they were dedicated to what they wanted to do," said David. "They wanted go out there and make it happen. You know, make their dream come true. That's just to get the equipment and keep encouraging each other to get out there and play for 60 minutes a day, that's what we need."
It's a desire to keep future generations happy and healthy, and that's exactly what the Bucs want to teach kids like the ones at Bevis Elementary.