ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Ziggy Hood absolutely considered this time well-spent.
Clay Harbor saw it that way, too.
Such was the mood of the day at the second annual Just Among Girlz event, an event to benefit female pediatric cancer patients held at One Ocean Resort and Spa Monday. The event was hosted by the Jaguars Women's Association and attended by several Jaguars players.
"Anytime you can put a smile on somebody's face who has been through a lot, it makes your day and makes you happy that you can do something for someone," Hood said. "We can only do so much, but if you can do something like this, it's definitely a plus."
Hood, a seventh-year veteran defensive tackle, was among Jaguars players attending along with Harbor – a sixth-year veteran tight end – and sixth-year veteran guard Zane Beadles.
"It's a good chance to give back to the community, and have fun and interact," Harbor said.
Forty female patients from Wolfson Children's Hospital participated in the event with activities including dancing, makeup, painting and manicures.
"It's a day to honor those who have battled cancer," Michaela Bradley, wife of Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley and a driving force behind the event, said. "We have little bits of every scenario from different locations here today."
Bradley said she brought the event concept from a similar program done in Seattle when Bradley was the defensive coordinator there from 2009-2012.
"It was super impactful," Bradley said. "I was more or less a bystander, for lack of a better word, because I took in what they were doing. I wasn't part of the planning, and I thought, 'How amazing is it to honor some girls that didn't choose the path they had been given?'
"We try to give them a day so they feel great and take away whatever might be in their minds every other day. Today is about dancing, getting your makeup done, getting your nails done, doing paintings and being with your best friend."
Makeup was provided by Toni and Guy, with music provided by Footloose Entertainment, manicures by Cosmo Nail Bar, balloons by Blenda Barrier and jewelry by Sister Knots.
"Our JWA has really dug in with both heels and stepped in in the planning process," Bradley said. "In the second year, it has doubled in size from last year. It's like the motto, 'Get better each day …'
"With each event we do, we try to get better than we did the year before."
Photos from JWA's Just Among Girlz event to benefit pediatric cancer patients.