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If you look at the Hillsborough County Public Schools logo, you will see a lamp as part of the image. That lamp is the motivation behind the Lamp of Knowledge Award—created in recognition of community partners who have a lasting impact within our schools, our students and our district as a whole.
“Every now and then, a community partner makes such an impact on the school district that they need to be recognized in a special way,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins.
That was precisely the case for The Dungy Family Foundation when they were surprised with the Lamp of Knowledge Award.
In the 2018-19 school year, Tony and Lauren visited a total of 50 of our Title 1 Schools, read and gave books to more than 4,500 second grade students—a value estimated at $80,000 for the books.
The Dungy family’s impact is definitely not new to our community. They started a reading program when Tony was the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It was a project of the wives. They would go each Tuesday to read at elementary schools and try to encourage the younger generation about reading,” said Tony.
Upon retiring from coaching ten years ago, the Hall of Fame head coach joined his wife, a former classroom teacher, for these weekly classroom visits.
“We are overwhelmed to receive this award,” said Tony. “I know that I wasn’t a great reader when I was young so to get boys interested in reading and to know how beneficial it can be, that’s the heart behind our foundation”
Tony is proud that his success goes beyond the game of football—something he always preached to his players.
“It’s nice to be a championship football team and nice to have accolades,” said Tony, “but it’s more special to make your community a better place to live.”
Superintendent Eakins affirmed that sentiment during the award presentation, “Tony and Lauren, you are what’s RIGHT with our district.”View Full Album