East Bay Buccaneers Celebrate 25 Years

This year the East Bay Buccaneers Youth Football and Cheerleading organization celebrates their 25th anniversary

The 2012 cheerleading and football season is a big one for the East Bay Buccaneers Youth Football and Cheerleading, as the organization is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

The organization was the dream of local businessmen Howard Corr, Harley Burnett, Dave Sutherland, Gary Moore and other local sponsors in 1987. Practices were originally held behind East Bay High School and then moved to Vance Vogel Park in 1990. What the founders really wanted, though, was to make Vance Vogel Park the East Bay Buc’s home field. 

“On January 26 of this year we were given written approval to make Vance Vogel Park the organization’s home field. This was originally the vision of past president Harley Burnett’s and other board member’s to see this accomplished and I am very happy we can get started on this happen during our 25th anniversary,” said Jason Hillman, current president of the East Bay Buc’s organization.

Other than building their own practice field, the organization has several other plans in the works to help make their 25th anniversary something special, including changing the uniform colors back to the original ‘creamcicle’ orange for the entire year. There will also be a 25th year homecoming event at some point during the 2012 season.
“During the past 25 years there have been thousands of children to pass through this organization, and some of those kids have grown up and are now coaching their own kids here,” said Hillman. “The homecoming event will allow anyone who either currently plays, has played or had a hand in the organization.”

The East Bay Buccaneers allow children from ages five-15 to sign up for tackle football and cheerleading. Open registration dates are Saturdays February 18, March 24, April 21, May 19 and June 16. Those interested can register on these dates from 9 a.m.-12 Noon at Vance Vogel Park, located at 10210 Bull Frog Creek Rd. in Gibsonton.

For more information on the East Bay Buccaneers Youth Football and Cheerleading, please visit their Website at www.eastbaybucs.org or call Hillman at 276-3223.