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Del Rio establishes foundation


Citing the four-year contract extension he recently received, Jack Del Rio proclaimed a deepening of his roots in Jacksonville, during a press conference on Wednesday that announced the formation of his charitable foundation.

"My family and I are excited, one, about Wayne (Weaver) extending us and knowing we're going to be here, but also to know we can take this opportunity to impact the lives of young people in this community," Del Rio said.

The Jack Del Rio Foundation will specifically benefit Seamark Ranch, which provides a home for abused and neglected children.

"Football is a huge part of my life, but I want to give my heart back to the community. This is the launch of a deeper initiative. As much as we can, we want to be able to impact lives in a positive way," Del Rio said.

Del Rio will underwrite the foundation's administrative costs. Former Jaguars marketing director Jennifer Perkins will serve as the foundation's executive director.

The foundation's immediate plans are highlighted by a bye-week celebrity golf tournament next fall. The event is set for Friday, Oct. 17, at the TPC Stadium Course, and it will be preceded by a VIP celebrity party on Oct. 16.

"I feel I've been extremely blessed. I consider it a duty and an honor," Del Rio said of his initiative. "I plan on being extremely involved … being down there getting to know the kids at Seamark. This is not just me writing a check."

This past winter, Del Rio was awarded a four-year contract extension to be Jaguars head coach, which means he's under contract through 2012.

"Now you can really set your roots deep in the community," he said.

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