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(WABNEWS) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and the team’s owners, the Glazer family, announced Thursday that they will make donations for Hurricane Ian recovery.
Hurricane Ian made landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida near Cayo Costa as a powerful Category 4 storm on Wednesday. It has strengthened again in the Atlantic after leaving at least 19 dead in Florida and leaving millions without power on its way to the South Carolina coast.RELATED
Brady said in a Twitter post: “I’m glad we’ll be able to come home Sunday night, but a lot of people in Florida won’t be able to do the same.”
“I will make a donation to the Florida Disaster Fund to get started, and I hope the rest of the NFL family in our state will do the same.”
The Glazer family will donate $1 million allocated to “organizations that provide support to those who have been most affected by the storm in Southwest Florida and throughout the state.”
“The destruction suffered in Southwest Florida and the damage inflicted throughout our state will be felt for some time,” Bucs co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz said in a statement. “It will take entire communities to work together with resiliency for an extended period of time, and our family is committed to helping in the recovery.
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“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the countless people affected, the heroic first responders, and all those who help keep others safe.”
The Bucs moved their football operations to Miami in South Florida earlier this week because of the hurricane. Earlier Thursday, the Buccaneers announced that Sunday night’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be played as scheduled at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Brady, 45, spoke about the positive impact the unifying ability of sports could have had as host of Sunday’s game in Tampa.
“I always feel like sports have brought people together for a long time,” the seven-time Super Bowl champion told the media. “Looking at different adversities, whether it’s 9/11, whether it’s Katrina, sports has an amazing way of healing wounds and bringing people together and bringing communities together and starting to encourage a common interest in the greater good.”
He added, “I think any time you get to participate in stuff like that, it’s a great feeling. I know it means a lot to us to always have the opportunity to go out there and play for our fans. But after what so many people have been through in the state, it’s great to go out there and give them something to be happy about.”