By Tamas Mondovics

As part of its continued positive involvement in the lives of Bay Area youth, the Glazer Family Foundation unveiled a brand new Bucs Vision Mobile last month designed to assist students to see clearly.

The new Buccaneers-themed, 40-ft. mobile eye clinic vehicle was completely customized by Lazydays RV, and includes a rebranded exterior with engaging, interactive, kid-friendly features.

Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and Buccaneers three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle and Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program Spokesperson Gerald McCoy was on hand to present the new Bucs Vision Mobile to the community.

“The new Bucs Vision Mobile will take the Glazer Family Foundation’s vision services to the next level,” Kassewitz said. “The continued health and wellness of the children in our community is important to us, and that includes ensuring that students have the resources to see clearly.”

In 2014 alone, Vision Mobile provided more than 1,800 pairs of free eyeglasses to Tampa Bay-area youth. Since the program’s inception in 2009, the Bucs Vision Mobile has screened over 10,000 children.

Officials said that by the end of this season the program will give out more than 9,000 pairs of eyeglasses.

“We are eager to get the new Bucs Vision Mobile out on the road to support the students at our Buccaneers Academies as well as elementary schools throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas counties,” Kassewitz said.

As a fun, interactive mobile eye clinic for children, the Bucs Vision Mobile will assist with vision screenings and administer eye exams.

First to experience the new Bucs Vision Mobile were students at Twin Lakes Elementary, one of 24 Buccaneers Academy schools throughout Hillsborough County. Locally, Buccaneers Academy schools include Lithia Springs and Bevis Elementary Schools.

The Buccaneers Academy program itself aims to inspire, equip and celebrate young students through academic assistance, PLAY 60 programming, distribution of back-to-school backpacks, fitness zones and more. Learn more at www.glazerfamilyfoundation.org.