This past weekend, Jaguars wide receiver Ernest Wilford and his wife Denise hosted the 1st Annual Great Easter Egg Hunt at the Johnson Family YMCA. The event was held in conjunction with the "Celebrate Life Festivities" already planned for that day.
"This is another way for Denise and me to continue to give back to the youth and reach out to the community," said Wilford.
Kids from the surrounding neighborhood, including those who attend the Johnson Family YMCA after-school program, were treated to fun, food, games and most importantly, an Easter Egg Hunt.
Over 200 eggs of assorted colors including a select number of golden eggs and football eggs were scattered about the grassy field. Some of the plastic eggs were filled with candy and prizes while others were empty. At the sound of the horn kids began racing across the field to gather whatever they could stuff into their custom made bags.
"I found 20 eggs," said Jerisha Williams, a seven year-old from the Northside. "I also found a golden egg and a football egg and won a prize!"
Wilford, very passionate when it comes to today's youth and their well-being, is looking to schedule events in the future that will enlighten kids and inspire them to always do their best, and to instill in them the belief that one's character is one of the most important attributes they will carry for the rest of their lives.
"I personally don't get anything material out of hosting events like these for kids," said Wilford. "I'm just glad that God put me in a situation where I can give my testimony and let these kids know that someone is on their side, standing in their corner encouraging them to be the best and wanting them to realize that they can succeed in life."
A couple of Wilford's teammates, running back Alvin Pearman and quarterback Quinn Gray, stopped by to support this community outreach effort.