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Jaguars Foundation Awards 4,300 Honor Rows Seats to Jacksonville Area Youth

The Jaguars home game against the Denver Broncos kicks off the 2010 Honor Rows season, welcoming 500 students who have earned their seat to the game.

More than 4,300 youth will participate in the Jaguars Foundation's nationally-recognized Honor Rows this year.  The Foundation partners with 44 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 56,820 *Honor Rows *seats have been awarded to youth, parents, staff and volunteers, including 4,800for the 2010 season.

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 complimentary meal, tee-shirt, cap, pledge card, and certificate of completion.  During the game Jaguars owners Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver lead The ROAR of the Jaguars cheerleaders and Jaguars fans in a wave to congratulate the youth, seated in the north end zone, in recognition of their accomplishment.  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 game tickets for youth whose parents are going on or returning from deployment with the armed services; youth football associations in low-income neighborhoods; HabiJax volunteers; Ronald McDonald House families and others.  The Foundation allocates more than $420,000 worth of home game seats to charitable purposes annually.

Below are the 2010Honor* Rows* grant recipients and their assigned home game:

9/12 DENVER BRONCOS

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

Communities in Schools of Jacksonville

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Panama Youth Services

9/26 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida

Central Metropolitan CME Church

Community Connections of Jacksonville

Lutheran Social Services

Metro Kids Konnection

River Region Human Services

10/3 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

AMI Kids

Child Guidance Center

Children's Home Society

daniel, Inc.

Duval Juvenile Residential Facility

Family Support Services of North Florida

Gateway Community Services

Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville Beaches

Hubbard House

Jewish Family & Community Services

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Northside Community Involvement
White Youth Foundation

11/14 HOUSTON TEXANS

Abundant Life Church

Boselli Foundation

Communities in Schools of Jacksonville

Empowerment Resources

Guardian Catholic Schools

Shands Jacksonville

St. Augustine Youth Services

11/21 CLEVELAND BROWNS

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

Communities in Schools of St. Johns County

Jacksonville Children's Chorus

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

New Life Temple (Heart to Heart Christian Academy)

PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville

12/12 OAKLAND RAIDERS

Best Buddies International

Communities in Schools of Nassau

Duval County 4-H Foundation

Girls, Inc. of Jacksonville

Police Athletic League, Jacksonville

Potter's House Christian Academy

YMCA of Florida's First Coast

12/26 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

Community Connections of Jacksonville

HOPE Worldwide

Metro Kids Konnection

Sanctuary on 8th Street

United Congregations for Community and Youth

The Jaguars Foundation seeks to leverage local, state, and national resources to serve economically and socially disadvantaged youth and families in greater Jacksonville.  Other Foundation programs include:  Grant making to area non-profit agencies totaling more than $13.5 million since 1995; Straight Talk™,designed to educate and reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy and the spread of AIDS and other sexuality transmitted infections through a strategic partnership with local media, non-profit  organizations and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida; "Play 60 Challenge," a youth anti-obesity initiative in partnership with Baptist Health/Wolfson Children's Hospital, the NFL and the American Heart Association; and the "Jaguars Don't Smoke" youth anti-tobacco initiative established in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reduce smoking among youth.

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