Thirty boys from Community Connections were the special guests of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) at training camp this morning. The boys were participating in the Junior Jaguars at Training Camp program.
Junior Jaguars at Training Camp is a program that identifies and hosts small groups of at-risk children for a special day during the team's annual four-week training camp held each summer at ALLTEL Stadium. The youth watch practice from a special seating area, and following practice the children were guided to a designated area where they were able to meet Jaguars players such as Akin Ayodele, Kyle Brady, Danny Clark, and Micah Ross.
"It's always good to see the kids from the community. They get to see how a real NFL practice is conducted. It's a good experience for all the kids and fans to come out and see all their favorite players up close and personal," Ross said.
Community Connections is a local community agency created to provide opportunities for women, children and families enabling them to become self-sufficient individuals, and achieve their full potential. Their aim is to assemble resources and partner with community organizations to strengthen families.
Children who attended also received a unique team souvenir and got autographs.
"It's all in the pleasure when someone asks for an autograph. I try to give one to everybody who asks for an autograph. They come out here in the hot sun and cheer us on, so it's always good to sign some autographs," Ross said.