Last Sunday, in the hours leading up to the Buccaneers’ home game against the Falcons, Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph set up a tent in the South Concourse outside Raymond James Stadium and invited any and all comers to join TEAM DAVIN.
Joseph, who is currently on injured reserve, still made good use of game day by greeting fans and handing out autographs to anyone who joined his crew. Joining TEAM DAVIN meant signing up to help Joseph and the United Way by serving a volunteers, mentors and tutors in the Bay area. Budding community leaders showed up by the hundreds to get involved.
In fact, TEAM DAVIN is now one of the most robust United Way volunteer groups in the NFL. Each of the 32 NFL teams has designated one player to serve as their United Way spokesperson, as well as their leading activist in recruiting volunteers. The United Way is even keeping a leaderboard of the 32 participants, tracking which players sign up the most volunteers.
Thanks to the turnout on Sunday, Joseph now has the second biggest group of volunteers behind him, at 1,161 through Thursday. Houston’s Glover Quin is the only player with more, at 1,329. Those two and the New York Giants’ George Wilson are the only three players in the league who have surpassed 1,000 signees, with the next highest player coming in at 645.
But the contest isn’t over, nor has your chance to join TEAM DAVIN passed. You can sign up at any time by visiting the TEAM DAVIN page on Buccaneers.com. Those who sign up through the web site will be entered into a drawing to win a football autographed by Joseph and many of his Buccaneer teammates.
And, by signing up, you can help TEAM DAVIN grow even larger. The player who signs up the most new recruits between August 5 and December 30 will receive the principle star position in the 2013 NFL “Live United” nationally-broadcast public service advertisement, distributed by the Ad Council. The winner would also be featured on the United Way’s 2013 NFL schedule, which is distributed nationwide.
A victory for Joseph would also have a positive impact on education in the Bay area. The NFL market of the winning player will receive a $10,000 grant to be spent on an education project involving that player.
So sign up for TEAM DAVIN now and make a difference in the Bay area community.