The Jay Fund Ice Cream Social was hosted by Jaguars Head Coach Tom Coughlin Thursday for the fifth year. Kids from Nemours Children's Clinic with leukemia and other forms of cancer were welcomed along with their parents to ALLTEL Stadium for an afternoon of fun and entertainment. While at the stadium, attendees were given a tour of the weight room, training room, and locker room.
Players such as John Henderson, David Garrard, Mike Pearson, Akin Ayodele, and Chris Luzar were on hand to help out with the tour and sign autographs. Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Palmieri, Athletic Trainer John Burrell, Equipment Manager Drew Hampton, and Voice of the Jaguars Brian Sexton were all on hand to host parts of the tour. Mascot Jaxson de Ville was also present, and up to his usual antics. During the tour each child was given a gift bag, and an authentic Wilson NFL football.
The highlight of the event, however, was the tour-ending ice cream social. Kids and their parents were escorted to a balloon-filled training table where cake, ice cream, and an assortment of toppings awaited the guests.
"It means a lot to us, because it gives the kids a chance to smile, a chance to look forward to something other than their normal routine. A chance for the parents as well, to be involved in something positive," Coughlin said.
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was established to assist local children and their families who are directly effected by leukemia. The Foundation was established in memory of Jay McGillis, a former Boston College football player whom Coughlin had the privilege of coaching. Jay died in 1992. In seven years, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation has donated a total of $627,000 through its annual Celebrity Golf Classic to children and their families.