Youth and mentors from some of the organizations listed below got their hands dirty learning about and caring for insect and plant gardens while others learned how to prepare and cook meals. All children kept up with their academic and behavioral goals, and acquired valuable teamwork skills while participating in community service activities. With school behind them, these youth, their parents and mentors are now looking forward to the Jaguars game against the Tennessee Titans.
Seated in the 300-level section of the North End Zone, boys and girls earned their seat to today's game by, among other things, improving their academic skills, engaging in positive behavior, and participating in a variety of community service projects. In addition, all youth made and kept a tobacco, alcohol and drug-free pledge with support from their parents and mentors.
Note that at the end of the first Quarter, Delores and Wayne Weaver will wave in congratulations to the youth and their agencies for persevering and earning their seat to today's game. Please join the Weavers and other fans in The Wave.
Now in its eighth year, Honor Rows is a unique program that uses seats at Jaguars home games as incentives for young people to set and achieve ambitious but realistic goals. The flexibility of the program allows agencies to determine how best to use seats for their particular program.
In 2002, more than 4,000 seats have been awarded to 40 agencies with multiple programs. Each Honor Rows participant receives a special T-shirt, hat, free meal, certificate of achievement and recognition at
the stadium during the game. The personal goals and skills each youth attains have a long-lasting impact on their future.
Honor Rows was instituted in 1995 during the Jacksonville Jaguars inaugural season, "The Season of Firsts." The Jaguars Foundation is sponsored by Reebok, with additional support by ALLTEL and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The United Way of NE Florida mobilizes game-day volunteers who ensure the safety and enjoyment of Honor Rows participants. The Jaguars Foundation received the 1996 Governor's Community Investment Award for this program and, through the Sports Philanthropy Project, the Foundation serves as a demonstration site for other sports leagues and franchises.
The following agencies are present for today's Honor Rows game (with number of seats allotted):
Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County – 55 (seats)
Communities In Schools Nassau County – 95
Communities In Schools St. Johns County – 60
Duval County 4-H Foundation – 110
Jewish Family & Community Services – 75
NBA Chance, Inc. -- 60
Historic St. Johns County PAL – 175
For more information about The Foundation's Honor Rows Program or other Foundation initiatives, please contact Tarek Tabet or Peter Racine at 633-6579. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.