TAMPA, Fla. (BVM) – Tony Dungy has worn many hats throughout his lifetime. He’s a former NFL player, former NFL coach, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, a national TV analyst and a bell ringer. Yes, despite all of his success and fame surrounding the game of football, Dungy still finds time to help the Salvation Army in its mission to raise money to those in need and during the holiday season this goal becomes even more important.
The Salvation Army red kettle has become synonymous with the holidays, especially with many volunteers ringing the bells to attract attention by dressing up as Santa Claus to further bring home the spirit of giving. For Dungy, he and his family also put in time as bell ringers to help the organization bring money towards their cause.
We are out ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle at the Publix at the Apex in North Tampa. If you’re close come by and see us tonight and make a holiday donation for the needy! pic.twitter.com/Sp1Tvnnvek
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) December 7, 2022
While Dungy has a lot to balance in his life from public appearances, broadcasts and spending time with his family, he has also spent time helping the Salvation Army in his home city of Tampa Bay as often as he can. The family first began working with the organization back in 2017 and helped with bell ringing in the winter of 2018. Since then, it appears the family has had a red kettle each and every winter.
Our family is out tonight ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive. We’re trying to help the Army as they work to help the less fortunate in Tampa have a great Christmas. If you’re near Publix at the Apex come and see us! #RescueChristmas pic.twitter.com/6ad1zhmwmK
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) December 10, 2020
This fall, Dungy and his wife Lauren even helped Salvation Army Tampa with its inaugural Run for Hope. The event included a 5K, 10K and fun run with the proceeds helping the Tampa organization to provide food, shelter, financial assistance, and character-building programs.
Our family is out at Ben T. Davis beach for the Salvation Army Run For Hope this morning. We have five who are running 1 Mile and two who are running 5K. It’s a great cause and we’re excited to support the SA! pic.twitter.com/il2mzvu49w
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) September 24, 2022
Dungy and his wife served as the Race Ambassadors for the event and discussed their appreciation for the Salvation Army and their journey to becoming volunteers.
While Dungy does use his own social media platforms to help promote his family’s bell ringing around the holidays, his efforts took new life this year. That’s because fellow analyst and former football player Jay Feely tweeted a photo of Dungy ringing a bell for the Salvation Army at his local grocery store and the story of this former NFL coach turned TV personality giving time to charity took off.
Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl as HC
Played in the NFL
Works as a studio analyst on NBC
But I respect him as a man more than anything he has done in football.
Here he is (without any fanfare) quietly volunteereing with The Salvation Army at the local grocery store-Servant leader pic.twitter.com/A5749xojsM
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) December 20, 2022
Though Dungy is likely grateful for the attention the post has received, he is also probably happier that it will bring more attention to the mission of the Salvation Army. For the Dungy family, donating their time to charity is just something that they do in hopes of helping others and that effort should be admired by all, especially during this season of giving.