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Edwards hosting DARE tourney

Jacksonville Jaguars' fullback Marc Edwards will host a billiards tournament on Monday, December 8 benefiting the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program in Florida. The tournament is being held at Sneakers Sports Grille located at 10750-8 Atlantic Blvd. beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Four person teams will compete in an 8-Ball double elimination tournament that will include three members of the public and a Jaguars Celebrity Captain. The donation is $150 per team member. For those who do not want to participate in the tournament can make a $100 donation, per guest and mingle with the Jaguars players in the VIP area. There are a limited number of tables and VIP spaces available.

"Last year in Massachusetts, I got together with a representative from D.A.R.E. up there and we thought that we have been to enough golf tournaments and we thought a pool tournament would be a unique way to raise money for a great cause like this," Edwards said. "I was able to get a bunch of my teammates together and it created a real fun environment. The tournament raised much needed funds for the D.A.R.E. programs up north and we'll be able to do the same here to benefit the program in Northeast Florida," he added.

Raffle prizes donated and provided by local businesses will include; team jerseys, footballs, sports memorabilia, gift certificates to local restaurants, hotel/resort getaways and other prizes.

Proceeds will benefit the D.A.R.E. Program, which is a research and science based program taught in over 80% of school districts nationwide and in 54 foreign countries, positively impacting over 36 million children worldwide. D.A.R.E. is a K-12 program with a primary focus on a 10-week elementary school curriculum and a 10-week middle school curriculum where students learn about the dangers of illegal drugs and violence.

For more information about D.A.R.E. or to register for the Celebrity Pool Challenge, call Nancy Thigpen at (904) 278-3007 or log onto www.fdoa.net

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