This week in the Honor Rows

Thousands of excited youth are awaiting their day in the Jaguars Foundation Honor Rows!

Beginning with the September 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys and continuing through the end of the season, more than 3,300 youth (plus their chaperones) from the organizations listed below will be celebrating their accomplishments at Alltel Stadium 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 will have worked hard to get here. They will have improved their academic performance, engaged in positive behavior, learned about the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness, and participated in a variety of community service projects. All youth will make and keep a tobacco, alcohol and drug-free pledge, with support from their parents and mentors.

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. This season, 43 agencies are participating. Each Honor Rows youth receives a special T-shirt, hat, free meal, certificate of achievement and recognition during the game by the Weavers and jaguars fans. 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. The United Way of NE Florida mobilizes game-day volunteers who ensure the safety and enjoyment of Honor Rows participants.

The following agencies are currently implementing the Foundation's Honor Rows program:

Bethel Baptist B.E.S.T. Academy

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Florida

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

Bridge of Northeast Florida

Central Metropolitan CME Church

Child Guidance Center

Children's Home Society

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Communities In Schools of Nassau County

Communities In Schools o f St. John's County

Community Connections of Jacksonville

Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach

daniel, Inc.

Duval County 4-H Foundation

Empowerment Resources

EPIC Community Services

Families First

FRESH Ministries/ Monique Burr Foundation

Gateway Community Services

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

Guardian of Dreams (St. Pius and Holy Rosary Schools)

HabiJax

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Beaches

Hollybrook Homes

Jacksonville Public Library Foundation

Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary

Jewish Family & Community Services

Mali Vai Washington Kids Foundation

Metro Kids Konnection

Northeast Florida Community Action Agency

Otis Smith Foundation

PACE Center For Girls

Police Athletic League of Jacksonville

Potter's House Christian Academy

River Region Human Services

Sanctuary of Northeast Florida

Shands Jacksonville - Sickle Cell Program

St. John's County Police Athletic League in Hastings

State Attorney's Office

The Children's Place

United Congregations For Communities & Youth

YMCA - Baker County

For more information about The Foundation's Honor Rows Program or other Foundation initiatives, please contact Tarek Tabet or Peter Racine at 633 - 6579.

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