Jameis Winston proud to launch Dream Forever Foundation
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Nearly 200 people came out to TPepin’s Hospitality Centre Monday night to help Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston launch his new nonprofit.
Jameis Winston’s Dream Forever Foundation will seek to help some of Tampa Bay’s neediest children.
Winston said he was amazed so many people — including sponsors like Candy and Eddie DeBartolo, Northwestern Mutual and restaurateur Michael Stewart (Ava, 717 South) — came out to help him impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children.
Bucs co-chairman Bryan (and wife Shanna) Glazer and Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and husband Joel Kassewitz were in attendance, and Darcie Glazer Kassewitz gave a testimonial regarding Winston that referenced his desire to make a real difference in the community. Bucs Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford and GM Jason Licht also attended.
The generosity of other community leaders, including former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks and longtime civic activist Chloe Coney, inspired Winston to act now.
“I don’t want to wait,” Winston told the crowd. “I don’t want to sit back and watch other people give back and try their best to help others without helping.”
Winston did his part, choosing to match the funds raised through silent and live auction bids up to $50,000. The event moved towards that goal with two autographed Winston jerseys going for $7,000 apiece and two Mike Evans jerseys going for $4,500 apiece.
Evans, offensive tackle Donovan Smith and quarterback Ryan Griffin attended the event, acting as servers during the cocktail hour.
The foundation will look to serve kids through three specific programs. Winston wants to create state of the art technology centers at financially disadvantaged Title I schools. The so-called Dream Rooms will include Maker’s Space technology with 3D printers, electronics, robotics and more.
“When I was in school, I dissected an owl and that was amazing,” Winston said. “I wanted to know how I could use my passion for learning and transfer it to learning opportunities for kids.
“We want to help kids have the decision to explore their greatest dreams, to achieve whatever they want to achieve.”
Winston also plans to have an annual “Jameis Jamboree,” a family-friendly event at One Buc Place that will feature food trucks and live entertainment wrapped around a toy drive.
He also will provide an intimate Christmas feast for 12 financially disadvantaged families.
“At the end of the day, it’s not about me,” Winston said. “It’s about what we can do to help others.”
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