McCoy Enjoys Sight Of “Wow” FactorMay 3rd, 2014
Even the crustiest Bucs fan would be warmed by the sight of a young girl exclaiming, “Wow!” after putting on her first-ever pair of glasses before hundreds of her classmates waving Bucs flags and cheering.
Clear vision is a gift Gerald McCoy and the Glazer Family Foundation bestowed on 29 kids yesterday in Oldsmar.
Joe watched as McCoy ran through the Forest Lakes Elementary School cafeteria high-fiving students at an assembly honoring the 5,000th pair of prescription glasses donated by the foundation locally.
McCoy addressed the youngsters on the value of education and corrective vision, and McCoy did his best to make sure nobody wearing glasses felt like “a nerd.”
In typical McCoy style, his speech included plenty of fun and laughs with audience participation.
The Glazer program heads out to schools across the Bay area with fancy technology in a mobile, kid-friendly vehicle to test students’ vision. A medical team identifies problems and free prescription glasses are made and donated quickly. Nearly all recipients are young students who were either unaware they had vision issues or who hadn’t had them addressed. Sixty schools were targeted over the past year.
Eyeglasses are part of who McCoy is. He wears contact lenses on the football field, but off the field he’s a thick-glasses kind of guy. When McCoy gave his famous draft-day bear hug to Roger Goodell on national television in 2010, McCoy was bespectacled. And he’s quick to say getting glasses improved his life.
Yesterday’s event was extra special for McCoy. He has delivered glasses to schools and addressed students several times, but yesterday he left bearing gifts.
“They all gave me cards telling me thank you,” said McCoy, who always treasures giving of the gift of sight.
“It’s when the kids put their glasses on. And most of them, it doesn’t matter where you’re at, most of them go, ‘Wowwww!’ Because they’re like, ‘I didn’t know I could see this good.’”