The Jaguars Foundation Board announced the awarding of $258,000 in its second grant cycle of 2010 to 11 local nonprofit organizations serving economically and socially disadvantaged children and families in Northeast Florida, bringing the total grant awards for 2010 to more than $975,000.
Under the leadership of Delores Barr Weaver, Jaguars Foundation Chair and CEO, the Foundation's total grant giving since 1995 is more than $13.8 million for youth-serving programs in the Jacksonville area, which includes Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. This level of giving is among the top few of professional sports teams.
"Our dream of the Jaguars Foundation began even before Jacksonville was awarded the 30th NFL franchise in 1993, and we awarded our first grants before the team played its first game in 1995," Weaver remarked. "I am proud of the Jaguars partners for making a million-dollar commitment annually to support the Foundation's grant making and other important programs for youth and their families." Unlike most professional sports teams, the Jaguars Foundation does not solicit contributions nor hold fundraising events.
The following general program grants were awarded in 2010 cycle two:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, $51,000. NFL-YET (Youth Education Town) in Brentwood.
- Empowerment Resources, $18,000. Journey into Womanhood leadership development and mentoring program for girls.
- I. M. Sulzabacher Center for the Homeless, $20,000.Capital improvements to the center's children's building to improve children's health care services.
- Independent Living Resource Center, $20,000. *Youth transition program for Nassau County and Baker County special-needs high school students.*
- *Junior Achievement of Florida's First Coast, $25,000. *Financial Literacy education for girls.
- Knots4Kids, $5,000.Character development program for young males ages 12-17.
- Limelight Theatre,$25,000. Children and teen theatre program in St. Johns County.
- Metro Kids Konnection, $22,000. After-school and summer program at Cleveland Arms Apartments, a HUD subsidized housing community, and surrounding neighborhood.
- National Council of Negro Women's Child Watch Partnership of Jacksonville, $25,000. After-school and summer program for girls at the Reed Educational Center.
- Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, $22,000. 100 Youth Voices Musical Theatre Program, an after-school youth performing arts program.
- Youth Crisis Center $25,000.Touchstone Village transitional independent living program's resource team.
For information on the Grants Program guidelines and application, please visit the Jaguars Foundation website at http://www.jaguars.com/Foundation/Grantmaking.aspx
About the Jaguars Foundation:
The Jaguars Foundation focuses on strategic grant making, networking, and volunteer support to serve economically and socially disadvantaged youth and families of Jacksonville.
Other Foundation programs include:
- *Honor Rows
uses seats at Jaguars home games to reward economically and socially disadvantaged youth for reaching pre-determined academic, behavioral, and public service goals; * * Straight Talk™,in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and local media, to help reduce teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases; * * Jaguars Play 60 Challenge, co-sponsored by Baptist Health/Wolfson Children's Hospital, in partnership with the NFL, American Heart Association and Duval County Public Schools, to help prevent youth obesity, promote physical activity and good nutrition; and, * Jaguars Don't Smoke,*an initiative to reduce tobacco use among youth. *