“Thank You So Much For Exceeding Our Expectations”

June 4th, 2018

Tampa elementary school principal Kristina Alvarez walked up on the small Pinellas Park stage at a foundation fundraiser Friday night and proudly sang the praises of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

School was out, but she was working the room.

For Joe, one little tidbit shared Friday was telling:

It was revealed that Jameis gave a high-five to every single kid at Alexander Elementary, where Alvarez said her student body population is 92 percent “low socio-economic status.”

In April, Jameis’ charitable foundation built what Alvarez called the “center of our campus,” a Dream Room, a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hub. Jameis has been to the school just east of Tampa International Airport and has gotten involved with the kids, and several children talked about their experiences in the Dream Room on Friday.

Jameis also spoke from the stage to fundraiser attendees and certainly appeared at ease and well versed in the goals of the technology purchased for students.

His foundation aims to build a Dream Room in school after school locally, those with a majority of kids from low-income families.

A high-profile football player who wants to give certainly could just cut a check, smile for photo-ops and be done with it. Acting that way would not diminish the generosity, but the consistent hands-on effort by Jameis in his various community work really stands out.

Who high-fives every kid? A committed man. Jameis is involved and invested emotionally and financially.

“So Jameis, thank you so much for exceeding our expectations for really inspiring a dream into our students to really be prepared for innovative jobs that we don’t even know that are out there yet,” principal Alexander said Friday. “So inspiring that dream in our students, we really continue to look forward to that continued partnership with you and your team.”

After Friday night’s affair, Jameis got up early Saturday and Sunday and moved on to One Buc Palace, where he was a very active, coach, speaker, inspiration-in-chief at his annual football camp. Jameis didn’t host a youth football camp in his native Alabama this year, so he paid the way for several of those kids to join him in Tampa.

Joe can’t predict what’s next for Jameis on or off the field. But Jameis unquestionably has done an extraordinary job impacting kids’ lives at just 24 years old. For the community part of his game, he’s an All-Pro.

20 Responses to ““Thank You So Much For Exceeding Our Expectations””

  1. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Trump shook 1100 Naval Academy Graduates hands. America’s president.

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Did any high fivers ask him bout his problems in the red zone? But seriously that sounds awesome. Not just doing it for a photo shoot and inspiring lots of kids in big ways. A real Derrick Brooks type.

  3. Birdman Says:

    Rick Stroud: “Jameis foricbly and intentionally open-handed my slapped every child at the school upon extending their hands to him. Disgusting.”

  4. webster Says:

    Dear jameis

    Please leave this idiot market as soon as you can. They do not deserve you.

  5. Birdman Says:

    Open-handedly* autocorrect doesn’t let me make up words ☹️

  6. James Walker Says:

    Good for you Jameis keep fighting the good fight! What is sad to me is that Florida schools need charity to have technology. No wonder Florida is ranked 40th in K-12 education in the US.

  7. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    I Love the positive impact he has on kids and you can see his passion he has for them and the game. He really wants to have an impact in peoples lives and the community, Love that in Jameis.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    During the draft, I asked my cousin (lives in Birmingham near Bessimer) what was the word on Jameis……..She said that he was outstanding….great character, especially with children. Looks like that characteristic has been with Jameis for a long time.
    I’ll bet puppies like him also.

    Jameis is a solid citizen….he needs to stay home after midnight and get a driver.

  9. DB55 Says:

    webster Says:

    June 4th, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Dear jameis

    Please leave this idiot market as soon as you can. They do not deserve you.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    With God given talent and riches comes great responsibility.

    How many other 24 year olds do any of us personally know that are making this much of a positive impact on so many young lives? This is just one of many ways that jaboo is helping to inspire a generation of young people in the Tampa Bay community

    Jameis – you are the MAN! “America’s Quarterback” indeed!

    Haters can spout all they like – but this is the important stuff in life – and young Winston is killing it when it comes to “giving back”.

    How wrong you were Father Dungy et al when it came to being worried about this young man’s ‘character’…

  11. The Buc Realist Says:

    That picture is my second favorite picture on JBF!!!!!!!!! The first is the warren sapp looking shocked!!!!!!!

    There are a bunch of Sapp photos in the top 10 IMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Dewey Selmon

    “Trump shook 1100 Naval Academy Graduates hands. America’s president.”

    That’s for the photo shoot.

  13. Wausa Says:

    It means a lot to shake a hand or give a high five when you are in a position of influence or power.

    Jameis is a fantastic person, but unfortunately the Bucs have a lot of fans that do not appreciate how good he is on and off the field.

  14. Lamarcus Says:

    Yea and jw played flawless on mnf against falcons and still loss.

  15. Jjones Says:

    Maybe the market doesn’t deserve Jameis but we fans do and so do those kids, good on ya Jameis.

  16. mark2001 Says:

    Is it fair to expect Jameis to play like the best QB, the first pick in the draft a few years ago? Yes. If we chose the wrong guy… if he wasn’t worthy of the first pick in the draft…yes…then it isn’t fair to Jameis. It isn’t like he was a second or third round reach, after all. I don’t know he is the best QB in our division. Sorry if the truth hurts.

  17. HowToSpellRhonde Says:

    @ Dewey

    Betsy Devos and gold star families is all that needs to said. America’s charlatan

  18. tval Says:

    mark sounds remedial. put tom brady on the ’14-’17 bucs…same outcome…. can you comprehend relativity?

  19. tval Says:

    no truth, mark, just hatred..let me guess, trump voter? Lmao!!!! rhetorical

  20. unbelievable Says:

    The real Dewey Selmon would puke at the comments made by the person using his name sake here.