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Jaguars teaching kids teamwork

Tuesday, October 7 was a special day for NFL players in all 32 league cities. Over 300 players volunteered at local United Way agencies as part of the NFL and United Way's Fifth Annual Hometown Huddle Day, a national day of community service.

Despite rain throughout the day, Jaguars players and staff, along with volunteers from United Way of Northeast Florida, were host to more than 70 kids from various agencies across Jacksonville.

This year's activity took place on the Jaguars' old practice field adjacent to ALLTEL Stadium. The event featured an exciting field day experience designed to emphasize the importance of teamwork and what it takes to be a team member in the community. The event highlighted seven key reflections of TEAM: Accountability, attitude, respect, compromise, cooperation, tolerance, and togetherness.

The Jaguars players partnered with participating youth to reinforce these important fundamentals through the field activities.

The program kicked off with a roaring welcome from a few of The Roar cheerleaders and a short motivational talk from defensive back James Trapp. Some of his fellow teammates who joined him on this special day were linebacker T.J. Slaughter, wide receivers Cortez Hankton and Matthew Hatchette, offensive lineman Marques Ogden, quarterback Quinn Gray, defensive tackle Matt Leonard, running back Joe Smith, center Brett Romberg, punter Chris Hanson, long snapper Joe Zelenka and corner back Kiwaukee Thomas.

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