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Jaguars, NFL Foundation, Local Nonprofits to Make Donation in Wake of New Town Shooting on Sept. 17

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Snoop Conner, defensive lineman De'Shaan Dixon and cornerback Erick Hallett II (left to right) participated in a Feeding Northeast Florida food distribution in New Town neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –The Jacksonville Jaguars will honor the victims and heroes of the Aug. 26 racially motivated shooting in the New Town neighborhood in the home opener on Sunday, Sept. 17, versus the Kansas City Chiefs. 

During the first quarter of the game, the Jaguars Foundation and NFL Foundation will join with local community organizations to present a combined donation in support of the residents of New Town. 

The Jaguars' and NFL Foundation's contributions of $300,000 will go to food security, victims, community support and long-term community advocacy, in addition to the collective donation with the local nonprofits for the First Coast Relief Fund, a collaboration of the area's leading philanthropic organizations dedicated to helping Northeast Florida residents in times of crisis.

The Jaguars' funding contribution was made possible through the Jaguars Foundation, which strives to uplift our community by providing economic and equal opportunity through programs that strengthen our neighborhoods and develop our youth. 

"The Jaguars are more than a football team. We are a community partner with an opportunity to help a city that needs healing," said Mark Lamping, president of the Jacksonville Jaguars. "The local entities receiving these funds are best positioned to identify the areas of the greatest impact and need to support the recovery efforts of New Town."

Since the tragedy, the Jaguars have amplified their community engagement with local nonprofits, government leaders, and businesses.  Players, coaches, and front office staff have partnered with food distribution in the New Town neighborhood with Feeding Northeast Florida, as well as attending vigils for the victims and Mayor Donna Deegan's community leader meeting. 


The Jaguars Foundation and Community Impact Department are committed to uplifting the Northeast Florida community and beyond by providing economic and equal opportunity through programs that strengthen neighborhoods and develop our youth. The Community Impact team at the Jaguars annually targets three key strategic areas of focus: neighborhood revitalization, youth development and NFL league-wide initiatives. The Jaguars and the Khan Family have always been strong supporters of our Jacksonville community and have donated $28.6 million since 2012 through the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation in support of many worthy causes, including $1 million in support of the revitalization of Jacksonville's historic Outeast neighborhood and $5 million to the construction of the new Museum of Science & History (MOSH).


The National Football League Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation and its members, the 32 NFL clubs, support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: