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Honor Rows under way for 2013


The opening Jaguars home game against the Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the 2013 Honor Rows Season, with more than 500 students who earned their seat. More than 5,000 youth and their chaperones will participate in the Jaguars Foundation's nationally-recognized Honor Rows program this year.  The Foundation partners with 40 Jacksonville-area nonprofit agencies to provide goal-setting programs for economically and socially disadvantaged youth to earn a seat to a Jaguars home game.   Since the inaugural season of 1995, a total of 72,000 *Honor Rows *seats have been awarded to youth, parents, staff and volunteers.

Youth ages nine to 17 seek to improve themselves and the community by setting and achieving goals for academic and behavioral improvement, increasing physical activity and eating more nutritionally, and providing volunteer community service.  Program duration is a minimum of eight weeks.  The youth also take an anti-substance abuse pledge to abstain from illegal drugs, tobacco products and alcohol.  The child's parents or guardians co-sign the pledge card agreeing to support the youth in their promise. Historically, with assistance from parents, mentors and agency staff, more than 90% of youth meet their goals and earn their seat.

In addition to a game day ticket, Honor Rows participants receive a pledge card, certificate of completion, T-shirt, cap, and a complimentary meal.  Drinks for Honor Rows are provided by PepsiCo.  During the game, Jaguars team owners Ann and Shad Khan, along with the entire Jaguars organization and fans, acknowledge the youth and their accomplishments.  Game day volunteers provided through the United Way of Northeast Florida ensure that the youth have a safe and enjoyable game day experience.

Honor Rows is the largest of the Foundation's charitable seating programs, which also includes "Honoring Our Troops," in partnership with the greater Jacksonville USO, which provides home game tickets for families whose parent(s) are on or returning from deployment with the armed services; youth football associations in low-income neighborhoods; Ronald McDonald House families and others.  The Foundation allocates more than 11,800 charitable home game tickets with a value exceeding $430,000.

Below are the 2013 Honor Rows grant recipients and their assigned home game:

9/8 Kansas City Chiefs

Bridge of Northeast Florida

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Take Stock in Children

9/29 Indianapolis Colts

River Region Human Services

Community Connections

Panama Youth Services

Children's Home Society


Northside Community Involvement

St. Augustine Youth Services

Shands Jacksonville

Family Support Services of North Florida

Child Guidance Center

10/20 San Diego Chargers

AMI Kid-Jacksonville

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Sanctuary on 8th Street

Potter's House Christian Academy

Mathew Gilbert Middle School

Andrew Jackson High School

11/17 Arizona Cardinals

Guardian Catholic

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

Police Athletic League, Jacksonville

Empowerment Resources Inc.

Heart to Heart

The Children's Program

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

Bridge of Northeast Florida

PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville

*12/15 Buffalo Bills   *

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Communities In Schools of Nassau County

Communities In Schools of St. Johns County

12/22 Tennessee Titians

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

Waverly Academy

Global Ministries

Boselli Foundation

Why Not Me Campaign

Joshua Christian Academy

YMCA of Florida's First Coast

Habitat for Humanity of the Jacksonville Beaches

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