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This week in the Honor Rows

This week, between 350 to 400 youth and their parents/chaperones are expected at ALLTEL Stadium for the Jaguars vs. Texans game. They'll be celebrating their achievements because they will have earned their seat to the Honor Rows. Seated in the 300-level section of the North End Zone, boys and girls worked hard to improve their academic performance, engaged in positive behavior, and participated 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.

Honor Rows is a unique program that empowers disadvantaged youth to reach beyond their challenging circumstances. It is an innovative program that uses seats at Jaguars home games as incentives for young people to set and achieve ambitious but realistic goals. Its flexibility allows nonprofit agencies to design their own unique program and to determine how best to use the seats to reward their participants.

This season, more than 3,500 seats have been awarded to 34 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. Yet, 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 and ALLTEL, with additional support from 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. Through the Sports Philanthropy Project, the Jaguars Foundation serves as a demonstration site for other sports leagues and franchises.

The following agencies will be present for today's game:

Community Connections of Jacksonville: Youth learned about controlling their anger and gained basic skills in conflict resolution.

Heart to Heart – S.A.V.E. Program: Middle school students improved their grades and learned how to avoid destructive behaviors.

Historic St. Johns County P.A.L.: Elementary school students read a record number of books while improving their grades.

Shands Jacksonville Sickle Cell Program: Children received homework assistance and created holiday cards for the elderly.

For more information about The Foundation's Honor Rows Program or other Foundation initiatives, please contact Tarek Tabet at 633-6579 or by email at tabett@jaguars.nfl.com

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