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
Duval County 4-H Foundation, Inc.
Empowerment Resources, Inc.
EPIC Community Services
Fresh Ministries/ Monique Burr Foundation
Gateway Community Services – Impact House
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville
Guardian of Dreams
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Beaches
Heart to Heart, Inc. - S.A.V.E. program
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.