Jaguars middle linebacker Wali Rainer was named today as the Jaguars/Morgan Stanley Community Leader of the Year during an awards luncheon at ALLTEL Stadium. As a result, the Lee Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville received a $3,000 donation on Rainer's behalf from team sponsor Morgan Stanley.
Rainer, 25, was one of four players receiving consideration for their commitment to community involvement. Other players on hand included punter Chris Hanson, quarterback David Garrard and wide receiver Micah Ross. The four players were named monthly winners this season, previously directing $500 donations to local non-profits.
Acquired this year in a draft day trade with the Cleveland Browns, Rainer volunteers weekly in the Jacksonville community, frequently speaking at area elementary schools, visiting the Boys and Girls Club and supporting other local community causes. In September, he participated in a public awareness campaign for prostate cancer, a leading cause of death in men. During October, he spoke to approximately 4,000 children at the Jacksonville Coliseum as part of a program that promotes physical fitness, nutrition and education. Most recently, he participated in the team's holiday food distribution program at A. Philip Randolph Park, helping serve more than 2,200 adults and children on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Last week, Rainer took time out to help recognize 10 local volunteers at a team luncheon.
For more information, please contact the Jaguars Community Relations department at (904) 633-6582.