Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Josh Freeman Visits Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Josh Freeman, with Make-A-Wish child, Michael Garrison, and Winter the dolphin.
CLEARWATER - Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman visited Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) to meet Make-A-Wish child, Michael Garrison, and Winter the dolphin. The two got to feed and pet Winter, and work with her on some physical therapy. Meeting Freeman and Winter put a huge smile on Michael's face. Afterward, he shared, "I had a great time. I loved meeting Josh. He's an awesome guy and an awesome quarterback. And I loved meeting Winter because she is a really special dolphin."
Michael is a 13-year-old boy who loves the Bucs and, in 2008, had the opportunity to practice with the players and have lunch with them. Michael has a platelet function disorder, similar to hemophilia. Freeman invited Michael to his inaugural football camp, free of charge. The camp will be held in Tampa, July 12-15. Visit www.joshfreemanfootballcamp.com for details. Kids ages nine through 17 will be coached by some of the premier college football coaches in the country. This is a non-contact camp and instruction will be offered for every position.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release, and environmental education. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks, and more. Winter the dolphin's story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. A movie about her life story is in the works with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment. Her documentary, "Winter: The Dolphin that Could" is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again in October 2009.
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