This week in the Honor Rows

JAGUARS FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES AGENCY STAFF & VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO YOUTH

Because of the late start of tonight's game, there are no youth in the Jaguars Foundation Honor Rows®. However, The Foundation is proud to salute the hundreds of staff and key volunteers from participating nonprofit agencies who are seated in the Honor Rows section of the North End Zone. Their hard work, dedication and sacrifice make the Honor Rows program a success.

Honor Rows was instituted in 1995 during the Jacksonville Jaguars inaugural season, "The Season of Firsts." 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. Goals are set typically in the areas of academics, behavior, nutrition and physical health, and community service. Agency staff, parents, and mentors assist youth in achieving their individual goals in order to earn their seat to a Jaguars home game. All youth make and keep a pledge to abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

This year, more than 4,200 seats have been awarded to 43 nonprofit agencies. Almost 3,300 youth alone will have participated in the program by the end of the 2006 season. In the past eleven seasons, the Foundation has awarded nearly 35,000 Honor Rows seats to youth, parents, mentors and agency staff. This is in addition to the donation of other charitable seats with an in-kind value of more than $420,000.

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 participating in 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, Nassau, & St. Johns

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 and St. Johns County

Potter's House Christian Academy

River Region Human Services

Sanctuary of Northeast Florida

Shands Jacksonville - Sickle Cell Program

State Attorney's Office

The Children's Place

United Congregations For Communities & Youth

YMCA - Baker County

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