Local NFL Player Visits Wellington Schools

By on May 12, 2011

For Immediate Release:  courtesy of Tyler McLellan Foundation

James Lee signs autographs for young fans (photo courtesy of Tyler McLellan Foundation)

Wellington, FL – Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Glades Central Raider James Lee, came home for the kids.  James Lee was in town this past Friday May 6th, making stops at Panther Run Elementary and Palm Beach Central High School.


 Lee, who grew up in Belle Glade, knows first hand the difficulties of making good choices whether it be in school, on the playground or with friends.  Lee’s first stop was Panther Run Elementary where he met up with friend and PE Teacher Chris “CJ” Cain and his fifth grade class.  The kids all played basketball with Lee and he was later seen running from the kids in a game of tag.   After they all caught thier breathe, they gathered around a table asking questions to Lee while he was signing autographs and taking pictures for them. Lee said: “the kids loved it and so did I, this is the second year at this school and we hope to have many more”.   One student, Brett Costanza was quite surprised when he was asked if Lee could borrow his Sharpie to sign autographs (I don’t think he will ever use that sharpie again).  Parents Michelle Costanza, Tammy Ferezy and Andrea Smyle all said the same thing” this was a great thing for him to do for the kids”. 

The next stop was Palm Beach Central where there were no games and no playing around, just straight hard facts from the man who is living his childhood dream. 

James Lee shares a moment with young fan Brett Costanza. (photo courtesy of Tyler McLellan Foundation)

“Nothing was ever given to me, I had to work for everything I have, and today I have to work even harder to keep what I do have” Lee said. (referring to his job as the starting offense tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).  It was inspiring for the two hundred or so students, teachers and coaches who came to listen.  Lee spoke of growing up in Belle Glade and the importance of an education, making good choices and never giving up on yourself.  In the end, Lee took pictures, signed autographs, gave hand shakes and a few high five’s with all in attendance.  Lee will be back in town in two weeks visiting more Palm Beach County schools.  

James signs autographs at Palm Beach Central where he spoke to students and teachers. (photo courtesy of Tyler McLellan Foundation)

Lee will be appearing at the following locations for autographs and pictures.

Friday May 20th  at Bru’s Room in Royal Palm Beach from 7pm-9pm

Saturday May 21st  at Dick’s Sporting Goods in West Palm Beach from 12pm-2pm

Saturday May 21st  at Alabama Joes Sports Grill in Lantana  from 7pm-9pm.

Come on by and say hello to James.

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