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Foundation awards 5,000 seats to Jacksonville-area youth

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Jaguars Foundation kicks off the 2012 Honor Rows® season, awarding 5,000 seats to Jacksonville-area youth.

The Jaguars’ opening home game against the Houston Texans kicked off the 2012 Honor Rows Season, with more than 500 students who earned their seat. More than 5,000 youth and their chaperones will participate in the Jaguars Foundation’s nationally recognized Honor Rows this year.  The Foundation partners with 40 Jacksonville-area nonprofit agencies to provide goal-setting programs for economically and socially disadvantaged youth to earn a seat to a Jaguars home game.   Since the inaugural season of 1995, a total of 67,000 Honor Rows seats have been awarded to youth, parents, staff and volunteers.

 Youth ages nine to 17 seek to improve themselves and the community by setting and achieving goals for academic and behavioral improvement, increasing physical activity and eating more nutritionally, and providing volunteer community service.  Program duration is a minimum of eight weeks.  The youth also take an anti-substance abuse pledge to abstain from illegal drugs, tobacco products and alcohol.  The child’s parents or guardians co-sign the pledge card agreeing to support the youth in their promise. Historically, with assistance from parents, mentors and agency staff, more than 90% of youth meet their goals and earn their seat.

In addition to a game day ticket, Honor Rows participants receive a complimentary meal, tee-shirt, cap, pledge card, and certificate of completion.  During the game, Jaguars team owners Ann and Shad Khan, along with the entire Jaguars organization and fans acknowledge the youth and their accomplishments.  Game day volunteers provided through the United Way of Northeast Florida ensure that the youth have a safe and enjoyable game day experience.

As a part of the Jaguars continuous commitment to education the team has partnered with Andrew Jackson High School, who will be participating for the first time in the Honor Rows program.  Students are setting attendance goals of no unexcused absences or tardies, and reading goals. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a seat to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Chicago Bears on October 7. 

Honor Rows is the largest of the Foundation’s charitable seating programs, which also includes “Honoring Our Troops,” in partnership with the greater Jacksonville USO, which provides home game tickets for families whose parent(s) are on or returning from deployment with the armed services; youth football associations in low-income neighborhoods; Ronald McDonald House families and others.  The Foundation allocates more than 11,800 charitable grants with a value exceeding $430,000 worth of home game seats to charitable purposes annually.

Below are the 2012 Honor Rows grant recipients and their assigned home game:

 

9/16 HOUSTON TEXANS               

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Community Connections of Jacksonville

The Boselli Foundation

Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville Beaches

                                                                                                                                               

9/30 CINCINNATI BENGALS

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

Communities in Schools of Jacksonville

daniel, Inc.

Family Support Services of North Florida

Helping Hands Neighborhood Center

Northside Community Involvement

Panama Youth Services, Inc.

River Region Human Services

                                                                       
10/07 CHICAGO BEARS

Andrew Jackson High School

Child Guidance Center

Duval Juvenile Residential

Hubbard House

Jewish Family & Community Services

Metro Kids Konnection

Shands Jacksonville

St. Augustine Youth Services

 

11/4 DETROIT LIONS

Davis Performing Arts

Empowerment Resources Inc.

Guardian Catholic Schools

HOPE worldwide

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

Nassau County 4-H

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Police Athletic League, Jacksonville

Sanctuary on 8th Street

 

11/25 TENNESSEE TITANS   

Community Connections of Jacksonville

Community Connections of Jacksonville

YMCA Florida’s First Coast

 

12/9 NEW YORK JETS

Best Buddies International, Jacksonville

Communities in Schools of Nassau County

Communities in Schools of St. Johns County

Duval County 4-H Foundation, Inc.

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

 

12/23 NEW ENGLAND PARTIOTS

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

Heart to Heart Christian Academy

The Potter’s House Christian Academy

YMCA of Baker County

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