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Tampa Bay Buccaneer Vincent Jackson Joins the Vanguard Swope, Rodante Award Selection Board

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Posted on August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013 (Tampa, FL) — With the commencement of the 2013-14 school year, The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Committee is proud to announce that the program will continue to recognize Hillsborough County high school student athletes for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and in the community. The committee is currently accepting nominations for the September “Student Athlete of the Month” until September 14, 2013. Students, along with coaches and athletic directors, are invited to nominate their peers at

An NFL All–Pro and three time Pro-Bowl wide receiver, Mr. Jackson founded the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, a non-profit organization which facilitates communication among, and support for, deployed military parents and their families. A child of military personnel himself, Mr. Jackson understands the importance of this communication and is committed to making a difference in the lives of military families.

The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award was established in 2011 by Vanguard Attorneys, a personal injury law firm serving the Tampa Bay community. The mission of The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award is to celebrate outstanding high school student athletes and coaches throughout all of Hillsborough County. The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award honors the hard-work, drive and discipline necessary for student athletes to make an impact both in athletics and within the classroom. These students provide a strong example for fellow peers and positively impact the school system as a whole.

Each month of the school year, The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board, comprised of Tampa Bay business leaders and education professionals, recognizes the “Student Athlete of the Month.” The winning student receives an award recognizing his/her achievements as well as a $1,000 check that is donated to their school’s athletic department in honor of their outstanding performance. Student Athletes of the Month are also eligible to be named the overall “Student Athlete MVP” at the end of the year and receive a check that is applied towards their college tuition.

The Vanguard Award also recognizes outstanding coaches. At the end of each school year, two coaches – one male and one female coach –are recognized for their remarkable contributions, both on and off the field. Each Coach of the Year is presented with $1,000 as a way of thanking them for their commitment to making a positive impact in the community.

For more information on the Vanguard Award, please


  • Provide the student’s name and year (only juniors and seniors are eligible)
  • Provide student’s current overall GPA (minimum GPA of 3.0 or above is required)
  • List sport and athletic achievements
  • Describe community involvement
  • Detail any hardships overcome by the student athlete
  • Detail plans for continuing education.

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