More than 3,300 Honor Rows game seats have been awarded in 2006 by the Jaguars Foundation to economically and socially disadvantaged youth. The first 500 of these youth will be attending this Sunday's home game against the Dallas Cowboys to cheer for the Jaguars from the Honor Rows section in the north end zone.
Honor Rows allows local nonprofit agencies to develop their own programs through which economically and socially disadvantaged youth in greater Jacksonville can earn seats to Jaguars home games. With assistance from parents, volunteer mentors and agency staff, these programs seek to motivate youth ages nine to 17 to improve themselves and their community by setting and achieving goals for academic and behavioral improvement as well as providing volunteer community service. All programs last a minimum of eight weeks, with some programs continuing for a much longer period. All youth participating in an Honor Rows program are required to sign and fulfill an anti-substance abuse pledge, promising to abstain from illegal drugs, tobacco products and alcohol.
The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation awarded a total of 4,219 Honor Rows seats for the 2006 regular-season Jaguars home games to youth, staff and volunteers. A record number of 47 programs are participating this year. In the past eleven seasons, the Foundation has awarded more than 34,900 seats to youth, parents, mentors and agency staff.
Historically, more than 90% of youth participating in an Honor Rows program meet their goals and earn their seat to a Jaguars home game. In addition to a gameday ticket, Honor Rows participants receive a complimentary meal, a special yellow T-shirt, hat, pledge card, and certificate of completion. During the game, Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver lead The ROAR and Jaguars fans in a wave to the youth in recognition of their accomplishment. It's all captured on the large video scoreboard screens. Honor Rows is sponsored in part by Alltel and Reebok. Game day volunteers are provided through the United Way of Northeast Florida.