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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Slated to Speak at Vanguard Award Banquet

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Posted on May 7, 2013

The Vanguard Award Committee is pleased to announce that former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Nece will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Vanguard End of the Year Awards Banquet taking place on Thursday, June 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, located at 2117 East 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33615. Over 100 student athletes, coaches, city officials and members of the Vanguard Award Committee are expected to attend the celebration. In his keynote address, Nece will honor the achievements, community involvement and outstanding performances of this year’s nominated student-athletes and coaches.

Banquet guests will celebrate an outstanding year over dinner and entertainment. During the event, the committee will announce the two winners of the Coach of the Year Awards, who will receive $1,000 each, and the overall student athlete winner of the Vanguard MVP Award, who will receive $500.

Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, Vanguard Attorneys has recognized student athletes each month with the Vanguard Student Athlete Award. Winning students include:

  • September: Emily Sparr from Chamberlain High School
  • October: Jeremiah Green from Hillsborough High School
  • November: Jose Pupo from Leto High School
  • December: Caroline Gibson from Plant High School
  • January: Mazeed Aro-Lambo from Strawberry Crest High School
  • February: Josh Sheers from Lennard High School
  • March: Jon Marc Carrier from Steinbrenner High School
  • April: Nicholas Rodriguez from Plant City High School

“We are looking forward to celebrating these truly remarkable individuals at the End of the Year Awards Banquet. These athletes and coaches are clearly committed to making a positive and lasting mark on the community and we feel privileged to be able to honor their accomplishments.” said Marc Matthews, Attorney at Swope, Rodante P.A. and member of the Vanguard Selection Committee.

Vanguard Attorneys, a Florida personal injury law firm, created the award program to honor the hard-work, drive and discipline necessary for student athletes to have a positive impact in athletics, academics and the community.

About Keynote Speaker – Ryan Nece

As the son of former NFL Hall of Fame athlete Ronnie Lott, Ryan Nece was introduced to athletics at a young age. In college, Nece was a member of the UCLA football team where he excelled as a star linebacker. His achievements in college led to his eventual NFL career.

Nece was a Tampa Bay Buccaneer for six seasons. As a member of the 2002 Buccaneer Super Bowl team, Nece was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award. He was also a three-time team elected Captain and served four years as the team elected NFLPA Player Representative. In 2008, Nece played for the Detroit Lions, where he was the only starting player in the NFL who led his team in special teams snaps and tackles.

Currently, Nece focuses on business endeavors and having a positive impact in the community through the Ryan Nece Foundation. He founded the organization in an effort to increase his extensive community service efforts in the Tampa Bay area. The mission of the Ryan Nece Foundation is to be a beacon to teens by empowering them to impact giving in their communities. The foundation’s vision is to create opportunities for teens to embrace the Power of Giving through service projects, inspirational programs, and volunteerism.

The Vanguard Award Committee is honored to have him as the keynote speaker for the Vanguard End of the Year Award Banquet.

Event Details

When: Thursday, June 13, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: The Columbia Restaurant, 2117 East 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33615

How: For more information, visit or call Emily Ghosh, Director of Marketing at (813) 283-8035.

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