Jaguars defensive back James Trapp has been named as the December honoree for the Jaguars/Morgan Stanley Community Leader Award, presented monthly during the NFL season to the Jaguars player that demonstrates exemplary community involvement.
In partnership with Morgan Stanley, a $500 donation will be made to Trapp's foundation, The Preparation for Opportunity Club, which helps needy children and fosters their academic, technological and spiritual growth. Four players are named monthly winners during the 2003 season. Punter Chris Hanson was the September winner, October's winner was TE/ LS Joe Zelenka, and November's winner was LB Akin Ayodele. The program concludes on December 16 with a year-end luncheon at ALLTEL Stadium, when an additional $3,000 charity donation will be made to the player selected as the 2003 Community Leader of the Year. The Jaguars 2002 Community Leader of the year was former linebacker Wali Rainer.
Trapp, who came to the Jaguars from the Ravens during the offseason, wasted no time in establishing himself in his new community. He quickly "adopted" Eugene Butler Middle School to implement his L.O.R.D.S. program, which stands for Leadership, Order, Respect, Direction = Success. The L.O.R.D.S. program offers incentives to students of the school who demonstrate dramatic improvements in behavior, attendance and performance throughout the week.
For more information, please contact the Jaguars Community Relations department at (904) 633-6136.