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Jags host local children

Wednesday, August 4, was a special day for kids from Normandy Village United Methodist Child Care and Boys & Girls Club of Jacksonville Beach. These two community groups were the special guests of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSFL) at training camp for the Junior Jaguars at Training Camp program.

Since 2001, the Jaguars have played host to small groups of children for a special day during the team's annual four-week training camp held each summer at ALLTEL Stadium. The youth watch practice from a special seating area, and following practice the children are guided to a designated area where they meet Jaguars players and get autographs.

Shortly after arriving for the start of practice and being seated, one of the children mentioned she wanted to cheer on the team. On the count of three with their loudest outside voice, the kids yelled, "Let's Go Jaguars," followed by clapping. Catching their attention, a few of the players turned to see their newest cheerleaders.

Before the end of practice the children were escorted to an area where they would get the opportunity to meet the players and get autographs.

Anticipating their arrival, the children were surprisingly greeted by Mr. Wayne Weaver. As soon as they saw him walking towards them, they started clapping and asking him for his autograph. One little boy name Trevor, who is no more than 3 feet tall and is from the Boys & Girls Club of Jacksonville Beach, boldly stopped Mr. Weaver, looking up at him with his big blue eyes. He asked, "Mr. Weaver, where do you live?" Trevor, standing in amazement and awe with the fact he got the opportunity to ask Mr. Weaver a question, stood patiently awaiting his reply. Mr. Weaver then answered, "I live off of San Jose Boulevard."

After several players signed the children's autograph cards, they received a team souvenir and a goodie bag as part of the program.

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