Jags team up with HabiJax to build home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up with HabiJax, the Jacksonville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, for the fifth year in a row to build a new home this spring.

Construction will begin Friday and has an estimated completion date of May 27. EverBank associates, and Jaguars players, coaches and staff, and members of The ROAR Cheerleaders will work on the house throughout the building process.

"We are very pleased to be working on our fifth home with the Jaguars and HabiJax,” said Rob Clements, EverBank’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Housing and economic development is a core EverBank mission and it’s a natural fit to team up with the Jaguars and HabiJax to make homeownership in Jacksonville a reality.”

Mark Lamping, Jaguars president, agreed.

“We share EverBank’s commitment to our community and are proud to continue this tradition of service,” Lamping said. "By teaming up, we’re helping to provide a deserving family a solid foundation and hoping to grow a thriving community here in Jacksonville."

The family who will live in the home has already completed more than 300 hours of ”sweat equity,” or volunteer service and provided a down payment to purchase the home.

“The dedication to our community by EverBank and the Jaguars is unmatched,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, HabiJax’s president and chief executive officer.  “The tradition we have started is not just a joy for us, but the impact is felt by more and more families every single year.”

EverBank has partnered with HabiJax since 1995, working on 72 houses and contributing over 900 associate volunteer hours annually. To learn more about HabiJax, visit www.habijax.org.