Immediately following the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, my dad headed straight to the airport to catch his flight to Tampa. He stayed overnight at the airport and met up with the Warriors first thing Sunday morning at Whole Foods for breakfast.
We were honored to be hosting Marine SGT Sam Morris, Marine SGT Chris Boreland & Army SPC Tommy Travis at the Bucs game and make their warrior wishes come true. All three Warriors were HUGE Bucs fans! (Learn more about the Warriors below)
After everyone got to know each other over breakfast, it was time to tailgate with some of the Buccaneers ultimate fans! Our friend Matt, AKA “Bucnutz” and his crew at “What The Buc?” have one of the coolest tailgate setups in the NFL. These guys have a pirate ship!!!! It was an awesome way to kickoff the day.
My dad walked the guys into the stadium and headed back to the tailgate to watch the game. Unfortunately, Drew Brees & the Saints went on to beat the Bucs by the score of 24-17 & continued our 5 game losing streak…
My dad went by the players parking lot before the game ended to save some spots for the Warriors. He was hoping to introduce some of the players to the Warriors. Especially Vincent Jackson. Vincent comes from a military family. He follows our mission on Twitter & has taken time to meet the Warriors we’ve hosted over the past few years. Jackson has his own non profit that has a mission to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional, and physical health of the children. You can learn more about his mission at jacksoninaction83.org.
My dad wasn’t sure if Vincent was going to stop because of the loss & he was injured in the game. He walked towards his car thru the crowd of people with his headphones on, but when he saw my dad, he made time to stop to thank the guys for their service & sign a couple autographs!
Needless to say, the guys were pretty excited to meet him as well as other Bucs players. It was the perfect ending to a great day making warrior wishes come true!
My dad thanked the Warriors one last time before gathering all his belongings and taking a $1 Megabus to Miami to host heroes & make more warrior wishes come true at the Monday night Dolphins game!
We would like to thank Whole Foods on Dale Mabry parkway for providing a specially prepared breakfast for the warriors, “Bucnutz” & “What The Buc?” for providing a once in a lifetime Buccaneers tailgate experience, New Era for providing new Bucs caps to all the warriors & All the players who stopped by to meet the warriors after the game.
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