More than 875 Honor Rows seats have been awarded to the dedicated staff and volunteers from 40 youth-serving agencies in recognition of their service to disadvantaged youth and their families. These are the men and women who ensure that thousands of youth in the greater Jacksonville area are assisted to set and achieve academic, personal, and community-service goals.
Seated in the 300-level section of the North End Zone, these individuals encourage boys and girls to earn their seat to a Jaguars home game by improving their academic skills, engaging in positive behavior, and participating in a variety of community service projects. In addition, all youth make a "tobacco, alcohol and drug-free" pledge with support from their parents and mentors.
Please join Delores and Wayne Weaver at the end of the First Quarter as they wave in congratulations to agency staff and volunteers for helping many youth to persevere and earn an Honor Rows seat.
Now in its eighth year, Honor Rows is a unique program that uses seats at Jaguars home games as incentives for young people to set and achieve ambitious but realistic goals. The flexibility of the program allows agencies to determine how best to use seats for their particular program.
In 2002, more than 4,000 seats have been awarded to the 40 nonprofit agencies below. Each Honor Rows participant receives a special T-shirt, hat, free meal, certificate of achievement and recognition at the stadium during the game. But, the rewards of the Honor Rows program go far beyond the earned seats. The personal goals and skills each youth attains have a long-lasting impact on their future.
Honor Rows was instituted in 1995 during the Jacksonville Jaguars inaugural season, "The Season of Firsts." The Jaguars Foundation is sponsored by Reebok, with additional support by ALLTEL and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The United Way of Northeast Florida mobilizes game-day volunteers who ensure the safety and enjoyment of Honor Rows participants.
The Jaguars Foundation received the 1996 Governor's Community Investment Award for this program and, through the Sports Philanthropy Project, the Foundation serves as a demonstration site for other sports leagues and franchises.
The following partner agencies are present today:
Bethel Baptist BEST Academy
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Florida
Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County
Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida
Boys' Home Association
Children's Home Society
City of Jacksonville Beach Carver Community Ctr.
Clay County Behavioral Health Center
Communities in Schools of Jacksonville
Communities in Schools of Nassau County
Communities in Schools of St. Johns County
Community Connections of Jacksonville
Duval County 4-H Foundation
EPIC Community Services
First Coast Family & Housing Foundation
Gateway Community Services
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville
Guardian of Dreams
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Beaches
Historic St. Johns County Police Athletic League
Jacksonville Marine Institute
Jewish Family & Community Services
Junior Achievement S.A.V.E. Program
MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation
NBA Chance, Inc.
North Jacksonville Youth Development
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency
PACE Center for Girls
River Region Human Services
Safe Harbor Boys Home
State Attorney's Office D-FY-INCE Program
Sutton Place of Nassau County SED Unit
The Bridge of Northeast Florida
YMCA - Claude Yates Branch
YMCA - Johnson Branch
For more information about The Foundation's Honor Rows Program or other Foundation initiatives, please contact Tarek Tabet or Peter Racine at 633-6579.