The Jacksonville Jaguars organization was awarded the 2014 St. Johns County School District Community Service Award in recognition of the team's support of character education programs in the school district.
The Jaguars Foundation supports a number of character-building education initiatives for St. Johns County students including the Character Counts! and Victory with Honor programs.
Sixteen years ago the St. Johns County School District, along with area businesses, youth organizations and civic groups, selected "Character Counts!" as a county-wide initiative for young people. Each fall, the school district honors area businesses that have contributed to the Character Counts! effort. The Jacksonville Jaguars were presented this year's Community Service Award from the school district during the annual Community Breakfast held on October 22nd. Chad Johnson, Jaguars Senior Vice President for Ticket Sales, accepted the award on behalf of team owner Shad Khan.
"The Jaguars have taken an active role in assemblies and presentations to promote a culture of character that reaches far beyond our students' school careers," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. "I am so very appreciative of the support they have provided and their strong partnership with St. Johns County."
The breakfast gave schools the opportunity to recognize and show appreciation to their business and community partners for their support as well as the dedication of school staff, parents and volunteers who foster and develop those relationships. In the spring, the Character Counts! program recognizes high school students at the American Youth Character Awards banquet that have exhibited good character.