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Buccaneers WR Mike Evans donates $40,000 to alma mater for need-based scholarships

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Tampa Bay’s star wide receiver continues to be a fantastic influence off the field.

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There are a lot of negative stories that come from professional sports these days. So, when an athlete does some good to better the lives of others off the field, it’s always special to see.

That’s what Buccaneers star wide receiver Mike Evans has continuously done throughout his time in the NFL. The latest example from Evans came just recently, when the 25-year-old and his wife, Ashli, gave $40,000 to Texas A&M University for two need-based scholarships for students from his hometown.

Awesome. For all of their failures on the field as of late, the Bucs have continued to make a positive mark off of it. Evans himself has been a huge part of the team’s efforts in the community, largely through the Mike Evans Family Foundation. The foundation, according to its website, exists “to support, empower, encourage and motivate today’s youth with an understanding the NO goal is unattainable.”

In addition to helping students from low-income families, Evans’ foundation supports “women and families battling domestic violence.” The Galveston, Texas product faced his own share of adversity growing up, which is part of what has led to this foundation, which was launched in December of 2017.

When athletes use their platform for good, it sets an excellent example for everyone. That’s what Evans does, and that will only continue as his professional football career progresses. He continues to prove that he is a face-of-the-franchise kind of guy whose difference-making abilities go well beyond the field of play.

Go on, Mike!