5,000 Kids To Get Free Jaguars Tickets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars home game against the Titans kicked off the 2011 Honor Rows season, with more than 500 students attending who earned their seat to the game.

More than 5,000 children will participate in the Jaguars Foundation?s nationally recognized Honor Rows this year. The foundation partners with 45 Jacksonville-area nonprofit agencies to provide goal-setting programs for economically and socially disadvantaged children to earn a seat to a Jaguars home game.

Since the inaugural season of 1995, a total of 61,280 Honor Rows seats have been awarded to youth, parents, staff and volunteers, including 5,000 for the 2011 season.

The tickets are given to children ages 9 to 17 seeking to improve themselves and the community by setting and achieving goals for academic and behavioral improvement, increasing physical activity and eating more nutritionally, and providing volunteer community service.

The children also take an anti-substance abuse pledge to abstain from illegal drugs, tobacco products and alcohol. The child?s parents or guardians co-sign the pledge card agreeing to support the youth in their promise. Historically, with assistance from parents, mentors and agency staff, more than 90 percent of youth meet their goals and earn their seat.

In addition to a game day ticket, Honor Rows participants receive a complimentary meal, T-shirt, cap, pledge card, and certificate of completion. During the game, Jaguars team owners Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver lead The ROAR of the Jaguars cheerleaders and Jaguars fans in a wave to congratulate the children, seated in the north end zone, in recognition of their accomplishment.

Game day volunteers provided through the United Way of Northeast Florida ensure that the youth have a safe and enjoyable game day experience.

Honor Rows is the largest of the foundation?s charitable seating programs, which also includes ?Honoring Our Troops,? in partnership with the greater Jacksonville USO, which provides home game tickets for children whose parent(s) are on or returning from deployment with the armed services; youth football associations in low-income neighborhoods; HabiJax volunteers; Ronald McDonald House families and others.

The foundation allocates more than 11,000 charitable grants with a value exceeding $420,000 worth of home game seats to charitable purposes annually.