A boost for students Buccaneers lineman promotes STEM literacy at Citrus County school

By Julie Gorham / Citrus Chronicle

Students at Lecanto Primary School wore red to support Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive guard Kevin Pamphile on Friday. Around the school, students screamed and cheered for the athlete who made the trip from the Tampa area to Citrus County to tout the merits of

science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy.

“It all started with Alterraun Verner last year,” he said, referring to the former Bucs cornerback. “We want to give back to children as much as possible,” Pamphile said.

“I know it’s hard for the Buccaneers to get out and support these kids. Last year we promised them we were going to come and give STEM books, and we are keeping up with our promise.”

Pamphile is a part of the nonprofit organization Athletes Charity, which teams professional athletes with disadvantaged children around the United States.

Aside from giving out Buccaneer prizes, they brought hundreds of books based on STEM studies, including Dr. Seuss books, which were Pamphile’s favorite books as a young boy, he said.

“I picked every title I know kids will enjoy, plus books on influential people in our time that have made a difference,” Pamphile said. “I want them to know some of these guys changed the world and they can be just as big as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.”

Contact Chronicle reporter Julie Gorham at 352-563-3236 or jgorham@chronicleonline.com.

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