Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Horace Copeland will hand out backpacks Aug. 17 to the first 400 youths arriving outside Just Elementary School, 1315 Spruce St., Tampa.
The giveaway is part of Back to School with Bays, an event sponsored by Bay Area Youth Services scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. There will also be free food and music.
Copeland, who retired from the NFL after the 1999 season, is a mentor with Home Builder’s Institute, an organization that offers industry-sponsored mentoring for teenagers, job attainment and retention.
HBI is a partner with Bay Area Youth Services.
Giving back to the community has been a priority for Copeland, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL draft by Tampa Bay out of the University of Miami.
For the past three years, Copeland has held a free football camp in Spring Hill. In May, his F88tball Camp was offered to 300 youths for free.
Copeland spent five seasons with the Bucs, finishing with 115 receptions for 1,977 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.