On Friday, Sept. 28, the Jaguars joined the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the local Hispanic community with the presentation of several awards. The Jaguars Foundation contributed $4,000 to the funding of two scholarships for Claudia Arias of Florida State College at Jacksonville and Romina Rojas from the University of North Florida, students selected for both academic performance and community impact. Former Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny offered words of encouragement to the students and presented the scholarships.
The Jaguars also selected Victor Cora as the Jacksonville recipient of the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, given annually in each NFL market to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. After serving in the U.S. Navy for two decades, Cora became a personal champion for the Northeast Florida Hispanic community, creating Spanish language radio content, leading local efforts to support victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and helping the Jaguars coordinate NFL Play 60 Character Camps. In recognition of this honor, the NFL will make a contribution to the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville in Cora’s name. He was also recognized on field during team’s Week 4 game against the New York Jets.
The Hispanic population of Northeast Florida is one of the fastest growing in the state, and the Jaguars have been active in embracing this growing audience, beginning with the Jaguars’ home playoff game against the Bills in early January. The Jaguars Foundation and Owner Shad Khan donated 500 tickets to displaced Puerto Ricans and their families throughout Northeast and Central Florida following Hurricane Maria.
In 2018, the Jaguars introduced a new radio partner to provide a Spanish language game broadcast this year. Tico Sports airs games on WBOB 600 AM and 101.1 FM , the team’s flagship Spanish radio partner in Jacksonville, and on 107.3 Solos Exitos in Orlando. Cora serves as the color analyst for this broadcast.
Jaguars players have also been active in the local and international Hispanic community.LB Myles Jack and FB Tommy Bohanon teamed up with NFL Mexico in March to engage new fans and promote youth health and fitness at the Tochito Flag Football Tournament and at the NFL Play 60 activation in Morelos, Mexico. The Jaguars and WR Keelan Cole also hosted an NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp at the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily’s Place this summer for 300 Hispanic youth, ages 9-13.