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New Jaguars Foundation President

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With the transition of ownership of the Jaguars from Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver to

Mr. Shahid Khan, Delores Barr Weaver, founding Chair/CEO of the Jaguars Foundation is pleased to announce that the Jaguars Foundation will be continuing to serve Jacksonville and especially its youth, under the new team ownership.  Mrs. Weaver also announced that

Peter Racine, the Jaguars Foundation's Executive Director, has been promoted to President

of the Jaguars Foundation. 

Mrs. Weaver will be stepping down from her position in January 2012, but the legacy of providing support for programs serving economically and socially disadvantaged youth and their families will continue.  Under her leadership the Foundation has awarded nearly

$15 million in grants to local nonprofits since 1995, a level of giving that is among the top few in professional sports.  Mrs. Weaver created Straight Talk™, a unique partnership with the Jacksonville media and nonprofits to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens.  Mrs. Weaver also instituted the Honor Rows®, whereby charitable seats would not be just given to low-income youth, but awarded to the youth for setting and achieving academic, personal, fitness and community service goals and pledging not to use tobacco products, alcohol or illegal drugs.  More than 36,000 youth have earned their seat in the Honor Rows.  The Foundation has received national recognition for these programs, including the 2006 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy among all professional sports, awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Weaver remarked, "Our dream of the Jaguars Foundation began even before Jacksonville was awarded the 30th NFL franchise in 1993, and we knew we wanted to dedicate our efforts to children who represent our community's future.  I will be eternally grateful to Dr. Gregory Gross for his guidance during the fifteen-month journey to the official launch of the Foundation in September 1994.  Greg served as its first President until March 2001, laying the ground work under which we still operate today.  I am very happy that Peter will continue this important work just as he has over the last eleven years.  He has a thorough knowledge of the nonprofit community, a pulse on the needs of low-income children and he builds partnerships to leverage the Foundation's dollars for maximum impact."

Racine said, "It has been an honor to work with and learn from Delores.  Her tireless efforts to help 'level the playing field in life' for disadvantaged kids inspires me daily.  I look forward to carrying out the Foundation's mission under the philanthropic leadership of Mr. Shahid Khan, our new owner."

Since September 2000, Racine has served at the Foundation, becoming Executive Director in March 2001.  He manages the philanthropic arm of the Jaguars, administering grantmaking and other programs for the Jaguars Foundation.  He brings a rich background of leadership in the nonprofit sector in the United States and overseas, including developing and implementing programs for families with children at-risk for child abuse and neglect here in Jacksonville with the First Coast Family Center, and programs for homeless, runaway and street youth in Houston, Toronto, New York City and Honduras, Central America with Covenant House. 

Racine has been a partner in various national and international initiatives, including the Community Partnership for Protecting Children, with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; the Early Childhood Violence Prevention Project, with the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the international Outreach to Urban Street Children initiative, with the European Economic Community; the Sports Philanthropy Project, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)-Jacksonville Neighborhood Revitalization, with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, The Community Foundation and the City of Jacksonville.  Racine received his B.A. at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and his M.T.S. at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He, his spouse Kelly and daughter Miriam reside in Jacksonville.

About the Jaguars Foundation *The Jaguars Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars.  Believing that youth represent the community's future, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation is committed to serving the greater Jacksonville area through strategic financial, networking and volunteer support benefiting economically and socially disadvantaged youth and families. By building upon our city's strengths, we seek to realize the positive potential of our young people in need. In doing so, we aim to serve as a model to other sports franchises. The Foundation has awarded nearly $15 million dollars in grants since 1995 to nonprofits serving youth and families. *

With the transition of ownership of the Jaguars from Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver to

Mr. Shahid Khan, Delores Barr Weaver, founding Chair/CEO of the Jaguars Foundation is pleased to announce that the Jaguars Foundation will be continuing to serve Jacksonville and especially its youth, under the new team ownership.  Mrs. Weaver also announced that

Peter Racine, the Jaguars Foundation's Executive Director, has been promoted to President

of the Jaguars Foundation. 

Mrs. Weaver will be stepping down from her position in January 2012, but the legacy of providing support for programs serving economically and socially disadvantaged youth and their families will continue.  Under her leadership the Foundation has awarded nearly

$15 million in grants to local nonprofits since 1995, a level of giving that is among the top few in professional sports.  Mrs. Weaver created Straight Talk™, a unique partnership with the Jacksonville media and nonprofits to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens.  Mrs. Weaver also instituted the Honor Rows®, whereby charitable seats would not be just given to low-income youth, but awarded to the youth for setting and achieving academic, personal, fitness and community service goals and pledging not to use tobacco products, alcohol or illegal drugs.  More than 36,000 youth have earned their seat in the Honor Rows.  The Foundation has received national recognition for these programs, including the 2006 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy among all professional sports, awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Weaver remarked, "Our dream of the Jaguars Foundation began even before Jacksonville was awarded the 30th NFL franchise in 1993, and we knew we wanted to dedicate our efforts to children who represent our community's future.  I will be eternally grateful to Dr. Gregory Gross for his guidance during the fifteen-month journey to the official launch of the Foundation in September 1994.  Greg served as its first President until March 2001, laying the ground work under which we still operate today.  I am very happy that Peter will continue this important work just as he has over the last eleven years.  He has a thorough knowledge of the nonprofit community, a pulse on the needs of low-income children and he builds partnerships to leverage the Foundation's dollars for maximum impact."

Racine said, "It has been an honor to work with and learn from Delores.  Her tireless efforts to help 'level the playing field in life' for disadvantaged kids inspires me daily.  I look forward to carrying out the Foundation's mission under the philanthropic leadership of Mr. Shahid Khan, our new owner."

Since September 2000, Racine has served at the Foundation, becoming Executive Director in March 2001.  He manages the philanthropic arm of the Jaguars, administering grantmaking and other programs for the Jaguars Foundation.  He brings a rich background of leadership in the nonprofit sector in the United States and overseas, including developing and implementing programs for families with children at-risk for child abuse and neglect here in Jacksonville with the First Coast Family Center, and programs for homeless, runaway and street youth in Houston, Toronto, New York City and Honduras, Central America with Covenant House. 

Racine has been a partner in various national and international initiatives, including the Community Partnership for Protecting Children, with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; the Early Childhood Violence Prevention Project, with the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the international Outreach to Urban Street Children initiative, with the European Economic Community; the Sports Philanthropy Project, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)-Jacksonville Neighborhood Revitalization, with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, The Community Foundation and the City of Jacksonville.  Racine received his B.A. at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and his M.T.S. at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He, his spouse Kelly and daughter Miriam reside in Jacksonville.

About the Jaguars Foundation *The Jaguars Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars.  Believing that youth represent the community's future, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation is committed to serving the greater Jacksonville area through strategic financial, networking and volunteer support benefiting economically and socially disadvantaged youth and families. By building upon our city's strengths, we seek to realize the positive potential of our young people in need. In doing so, we aim to serve as a model to other sports franchises. The Foundation has awarded nearly $15 million dollars in grants since 1995 to nonprofits serving youth and families. *

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