JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown will honor the legacy of a young man who passed, by proclaiming Firday as “JT Townsend Day.”

JT Townsend made an incredible impact on the Jacksonville community.

Following a spinal cord injury in 2004, JT founded the JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF).

Through JTTF, JT helped countless families living with disabilities on the First Coast.

His never quit attitude inspired others to never give up.

PICTURES: Remembering JT Townsend

In an effort to honor him, even in his absence, Mayor Brown will announce February 7th as the official “JT Townsend Day” in conjunction with his birthday weekend – JT was born on February 7, 1987.

The announcement was made at MOCA located at 333 North Laura Street in Jacksonville at 10 a.m.

“JT Townsend Day” also kicks off excitement for the Checkpoint Challenge; a race taking place at the Jacksonville Landing on Saturday.

Participants of the race will be paired in teams of four and their problem-solving skills will be put to the test as they race from “checkpoint” to “checkpoint.”

Check in is noon onsite with opening ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m., with the race beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed by an Awards Ceremony and Post Party with live music.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the JT Townsend Foundation.