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Honor Rows kicks off 9/11

Hundreds of excited youth are awaiting their day in the Jaguars Foundation Honor Rows!

Beginning with the September 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks, hundreds of youth and their chaperones from the organizations listed below will be celebrating their accomplishments at Alltel Stadium because they will have earned their seat to the Honor Rows.

Seated in the 300-level section of the North End Zone, boys and girls will have worked hard to get here. They will have improved their academic performance, engaged in positive behavior, learned about the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness, and participated in a variety of community service projects. All youth will make and keep a tobacco, alcohol and drug-free pledge with support from their parents and mentors.

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 nonprofit agencies to determine how best to use seats for their particular program.

This season, more than 4,350 seats have been awarded to 39 agencies with multiple programs. Each Honor Rows participant receives a special T-shirt, hat, free meal, certificate of achievement and recognition at the stadium during the game. 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 and ALLTEL, with additional support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The United Way of NE Florida mobilizes game-day volunteers who ensure the safety and enjoyment of Honor Rows participants. The Jaguars Foundation received the 1996 and 2003 Governor's Community Investment Award, and serves as a demonstration site for other sports leagues and franchises.

The following agencies are currently implementing the Foundation's Honor Rows program:

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church – BEST Academy

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

Child Guidance Center

Children's Home Society

Communities In Schools - Jacksonville

Communities In Schools - TEAM UP program

Communities In Schools - Nassau County

Communities In Schools - St. Johns County

Community Connections of Jacksonville

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Duval County 4-H Foundation, Inc.

Empowerment Resources, Inc.

EPIC Community Services

Families FIRST

Fresh Ministries/ Monique Burr Foundation

Gateway Community Services – Impact House

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

Guardian of Dreams

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Beaches

HabiJax

Heart to Heart, Inc. - S.A.V.E. program

Hollybrook Homes

Jacksonville Public Library Foundation

Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary

Jewish Family & Community Services

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

NE Florida Community Action Agency

PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville

Shands Jacksonville - Sickle Cell Program

State Attorney's Office

The Children's Place

The Historic St. Johns County PAL

The Sanctuary of Northeast Florida

United Congregations for Communities & Youth

River Region Human Services

YMCA - Baker County Branch

YMCA - Dye-Clay Branch

YMCA - Williams-duPont 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.

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