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Jaguars Foundation awards 5,000 Honor Rows seats to Jacksonville area youth

The Jaguars home game against the Titans kicked off the 2011 Honor Rows season, with more than 500 students attending who earned their seat to the game.

More than 5,000 youth will participate in the Jaguars Foundation's nationally recognized Honor Rows this year.  The Foundation partners with 45 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 61,280 Honor Rows *seats have been awarded to youth, parents, staff and volunteers, including 5,000* **for the 2011 season.

Youth ages 9 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 team 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 home game tickets for youth whose parent(s) are 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 11,000 charitable grants with a value exceeding $420,000 worth of home game seats to charitable purposes annually.

Below are the 2011 Honor Rows grant recipients and their assigned home game: 

9/11 TENNESSEE TITANS             
Communities in Schools of Jacksonville

Davis Performing Arts Center

Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Panama Youth Services

United Congregations for Communities & Youth                                                                                                                                               

10/2 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Child Advocates of Florida

Community Connections of Jacksonville

daniel, Inc.

Duval Juvenile Residential Facility

Gateway Community Services

Northside Community Involvement

Helping Hands Neighborhood Center

Family Support Services of North Florida

Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville Beaches

Henry & Rilla White Youth Foundation

YMCA of Florida's First Coast

Why Not Me Campaign

10/9 CINCINNATI BENGALS
AMI Kids, Jacksonville

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

The Boselli Foundation

Child Guidance Center

Hubbard House

Jewish Family & Community Services

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville

River Region Human Services

Shands Jacksonville 

11/27 HOUSTON TEXANS
The Bridge of Northeast Florida

Communities in Schools of Jacksonville

Empowerment Resources

Girls, Inc. of Jacksonville

Guardian Catholic Schools

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

Police Athletic League of Jacksonville 

*12/11 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS *

Best Buddies International, Jacksonville

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

Communities in Schools of Nassau County

Communities in Schools of St. Johns County

Duval County 4-H Foundation

Jacksonville Children's Chorus 

1/1/2012 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

Community Connections of Jacksonville

Heart to Heart Christian Academy

HOPE* worldwide*

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

Metro Kids Konnection

The Potter's House Christian Academy

St. Augustine Youth Services

The Sanctuary on 8th Street

YMCA of Baker County

About the Jaguars Foundation:

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 $14.6 million since 1995; Straight Talk™, a strategic partnership with local media, non-profit  organizations and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida designed to educate and reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy and the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases among teens; "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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