Daily Sports Smile: Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Devin White provides Christmas gifts for local foster kids

Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) looks on prior to an NFL Football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Kevin Sabitus)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White hosted a special Christmas event for local foster kids this week. Through his Get Live 45 Foundation, White partnered with local organizations to provide bikes, helmets and gifts to those in need.

White distributed the gifts to kids at the Hope Children’s Home and through local group A Door of Hope. He hosted his “Great White Christmas” event to provide a unique experience for the families. Over 100 kids were able to receive a little holiday cheer.

The special event was a heartwarming gesture. White met virtually with the group and spoke with the families. 

Earlier this year, White participated in the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative. He chose to honor A Door of Hope for their great community work. He mentioned that he wanted to pay homage to the group on the field.

“It's a great organization that helps a lot of great kids,” White told the Buccaneers official website. “I helped them around Christmas time because I just felt like that's a group of kids that needs some extra love, so I just want to pay tribute to them on my cleats to bring more awareness.”

The Buccaneers Foundation Social Justice Fund and Academy Sports + Outdoors helped sponsor the bikes and helmets for the kids.

This season, White has 118 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. It's his second consecutive season with over 100 or more total tackles in his career.