TAMPA BAY — Ahead of Super Bowl LV, the NFL is launching "Green Week" to help give back to the community and environment around Tampa Bay.
The events of Green Week will focus on building community gardens, planting fruit trees, removing marine debris from the mouth of Tampa Bay and restoring coral reef.
DIVE 55 MARINE DEBRIS CLEAN UP
On Monday, Jan. 25, the Dive 55 Marine Debris Clean up will take place at the Manatee Public Beach, 400 State Road 64 and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL.
The project will bring together 55 divers to retrieve marine debris and discarded fishing gear from the waters near Spanish Rocks Reef in Anna Maria.
This event will begin at 10:30 a.m.
REED PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN AND COMPOST CENTER BUILD
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, this event will take place at Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Environmental Education Center at Reed Park, 4398 N. Riverside Drive, Tampa.
Community volunteers will work with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to install two hydroponic grow towers, build and plant garden beds and a pollinator garden. They will also plant fruit trees and install a community compost area.
This event will take place at 8 a.m.
FRUIT TREE ORCHARD PLANTING
On Thursday, Jan. 28, nearly 50 assorted fruit trees will be planted near the Mango Recreation Center, creating an orchard that will provide nutritional snacks and educational opportunities for the children who use the center.
This event will take place at 8 a.m. at the Mango Recreation Center, 11717 Clay Pit Road, Seffner, FL.
CORAL REEF RESTORATION
On Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28-29, NFL Green is working with Force Blue special operations military veterans, the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and The Florida Aquarium to continue restoring a section of Florida’s endangered coral reef by planting corals that are resilient in the face of a changing climate.
Crews will plant more than 150 elkhorn corals at the site. A final planting of a massive star and brain corals in the spring will complete the football field-sized effort.
This event will take place from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
NFL Green, the NFL’s environmental program, has managed environmental-related Super Bowl projects for more than 25 years.
These environmental projects are part of a larger program of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community.