Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jonathan Casillas will host his first Celebrity Charity Monday Night Football Watch Party on October 14, 2013, when the Indianapolis Colts play the San Diego Chargers. Casillas is teaming up with Peabody’s Billiards and several of his teammates to raise money for the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay.
Casillas, who is in first season with the Bucs after playing for the New Orleans Saints since 2009, will be accompanied by teammates Mark Barron, Ahmad Black, Dashon Goldson, Lavonte David, Danny Gorrer, Doug Martin, Donald Penn and Dekoda Watson.
“The goal of my MNF Celebrity Charity Watch Party is to raise funds for the incredible charity, Kids Charity of Tampa Bay. This is my new home and it’s important for me, and for all of us to give back,” Casillas said in a press release.
“Kids Charity of Tampa Bay has many amazing programs, events, an education initiative, and helps so many foster kids. I’m proud and honored to be able to contribute to this impressive organization. Peabody’s is a great venue and I’m very thankful that they share my vision in this event! I look forward to meeting all the fans and for having a great time with everyone while garnering support for the kids!”
Admission for the event is $5 per person. There will be a silent auction with a variety of items, as well as a surprise raffle. It will take place from 8:15 p.m. to 12 a.m. – or until the end of the game.
Although he is still a fresh face in Tampa Bay, Casillas has already started to make his rounds around town to give back one way or another. He took part in the Cut For A Cure Charity Challenge in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation shortly after signing his contract with his new team and takes part in team initiatives and works with teammates in the community whenever he can.
The Jersey City, New Jersey native was also a member of the Play It Smart program in high school, which is funded by the National Football Foundation and is targeted towards high school football players from economically disadvantaged environments where family and community support are often lacking.
He has gotten involved with many initiatives throughout his life, so it was only natural for him to get involved as quickly as he did. He came to Tampa Bay with the mindset of helping the team on the field and helping the community off of it, and although the Buccaneers have gotten off to a slow start, he has definitely lived up to his off-field expectations.
The Kids Charity of Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for foster children and foster families. Kids Charity addresses basic needs and critical issues for foster children and focus on the areas of service that are less directly funded by the state or federal government, yet still provide support in areas of critical need and life improvement. Since their inception in 2006, Kids Charity has served nearly 50,000 foster children and families.