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Tampa Bay Buccaneers give away shoes for 5th annual Lace It Up For Kids program

6:22 PM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Hundreds of tiny football fans got big gifts at Bucs Training Camp Monday.

The team invited Bay area kids to come check out practice this morning for some football, autographs, and new shoes.

The organization hosted its fifth annual "Lace It Up For Kids" program, providing new shoes to over 700 little fans who may not be able to afford them. The giveaway comes just before the kids head back to school.

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Players say it gives them a sense of pride to give back to their community.

"It's always important to be a part of the community," said Bucs' offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah. "These kids, they come out here, and it means a lot to them. They're our biggest supporters, so anything we can do for them is a blessing."

The Bucs have handed out more than 3,000 pairs of shoes since 2009. 

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