TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are joining a group of organizations that will recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.
The Bucs will close their facilities and offices on Friday, June 19. The team released a statement on social media saying in part, "We must be purposeful in our reflection, acknowledgement and efforts towards achieving collective change in society. As we work together in this process, we must re-examine all manners in which cultural inequities that have existed for centuries continue to impact race relations."
Juneteenth is the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Companies like Target, Nike and Twitter have made it a paid holiday for employees.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 17, 2020