Muck City Fest II Highlights James Lee DayMay 13th, 2011
The second Saturday of every June is a special day in Belle Glade, Fla. It’s officially James Lee Day in the small sugar-industry town.
It’s no publicity stunt. The proclamation came down from the Belle Glade mayor a year ago.
Bucs right tackle James Lee is a tireless worker for kids in and around his hometown, which is well known for rough neighborhoods and for producing incredible football talent.
Lee regularly visits schools throughout Palm Beach County on his own time, in addition to his work in the NFL Play 60 program. Also, the James Lee Children’s Foundation runs a free football clinic, and organizes and funds college visits for local high schoolers that are aiming high.
The annual main event, Muck City Fest, is held on James Lee Day at Lake Shore Park in Belle Glade. It’s a free football camp run by Lee with many of his NFL friends coaching, and sponsors providing food, shirts and more. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 11, and kids ages 7-17 — even from the Tampa Bay area — are welcome.
Lee said he is expecting Davin Joseph, Josh Johnson, and other Buccaneers to be among 20 guest coaches this year.
When the clinic finishes, Lee said he’ll be diving into working on his annual back-to-school drive.
Bucs fans and business owners who want to help can call the James Lee Children’s Foundation at (561) 215-3717 and ask for Kevin McLellan. Lee stresses that any donation makes a difference.