TAMPA, Fla. – (September 23, 2015) – The official launch party for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ women’s movement, RED, drew a crowd of more than 1,500 women from around the region looking to connect with their favorite NFL team.
Convening at Raymond James Stadium, attendees had the opportunity to participate in several events, including a meet-and-greet with former Buccaneers players. A few notable alumni included Mike Alstott, Martin Gramática, Jimmie Giles and Michael Clayton.
“This has been a vision of mine for so long,” Buccaneers Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz said Thursday night. “As a female voice in my family, it was so important for me to highlight that we have so many unbelievable female fans. I think the energy in this room tonight is tremendous.”
Attendees also had an opportunity to try on Buccaneers equipment, including helmets and shoulder pads, and test out the team’s brand new virtual reality training system. This spring, the Bucs became one of the first teams in the league to employ virtual reality technology, an advancement the team hopes could help accelerate the development of rookie quarterback, Jameis Winston.
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht capped off the night by providing an in-depth analysis on the process it took for the Bucs to select Winston, their No. 1 pick, in this year’s NFL Draft.
“I’ve been going to NFL-sponsored events for more than 20 years,” Glazer Kassewitz said. “I have never, ever been to an event of this magnitude. [It was] truly a historic evening.”
About RED the Buccaneers Women’s Movement
RED is the official Buccaneers fan engagement program for women. The goal for RED is to improve the fan experience and grow the community of passionate Buccaneers fans by offering a wide variety of interactive experiences, behind-the-scenes events and exclusive content that will bring fans closer than ever before to the coaches, players and top decision makers.