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Tony Dungy encapsulates season of giving with Salvation Army
Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy and his family have been volunteering with the Salvation Army for years. (Credit: Salvation Army Tampa Bay/Facebook)

Tony Dungy encapsulates season of giving with Salvation Army

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.