Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio and his wife Linda made a special appearance at a Duval County Public Schools high school principal and athletic director meeting to announce his support of Keeping Young Athletes in the Game.
The pilot program will place trained athletic trainers in eight Duval County Public Schools to enhance sports safety programs for student athletes. With the financial support of Del Rio and others, two part-time athletic trainers who will be a part of this pilot program for Duval County Public Schools high school sports were introduced.
Licensed athletic trainers are allied healthcare professionals responsible for the prevention, management, and care of injuries at all levels of physical activity. They serve as the liaison between the athlete and physician, as well as the athlete and coach.
Keeping Young Athletes in the Game addresses Del Rio’s desire to provide meaningful interactions and mentorship to our youth. Young people who experience the meaning of sportsmanship while caught in the grips of athletic competition receive an understanding of life that will help shape their own personal philosophies and enhance their lives in the future.
Keeping Young Athletes in the Game is designed to provide optimum sports safety for our youth and to encourage our youth to pursue sports activities, maintain a high level of physical fitness and experience the personal development through sports that builds character, self discipline and leadership.
Del Rio showed his support by presenting a $40,000 check to Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, which will be responsible for oversight and management of this pilot program. The check was the first installment of Del Rio’s $80,000 pledge to the program.
MIDDLEBURG HIGH SCHOOL WINS STRAIGHT TALK CONTEST
The Jaguars Foundation is pleased to announce Middleburg High School as the winner of the 2010 Straight Talk Public Service Announcement Contest with their PSA about preventing sexually transmitted infections.
It will air on the stadium video boards during Saturday’s preseason game, where the winning group of students will be able to view it as special guests of Delores and Wayne Weaver in the owners’ suite.
Area public and private middle and high schools participated in a public service announcement contest in conjunction with the Foundation’s annually televised Straight Talk show. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is the co-sponsor of Straight Talk, the Jaguars Foundation’s initiative to help prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections among teens.
The objective was for students to produce a creative and effective thirty-second public service announcement relating to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections prevention, targeting the middle and high school population.
The three finalists were Hastings Youth Academy, Mandarin Middle School and Middleburg High School, chosen by a judging panel and these finalist PSAs were shown on the televised Straight Talk show in May. The viewing audience had the opportunity to nominate their choice for the winning PSA on-line at straighttalk.jacksonville.com.
The Middleburg High School group consists of students Drew Brown, Michael Garner, Emily Hilbert, Deanna Forbes, Katie Osbron, and Kayla Schick under the guidance of teacher Kim Lanoux.
The Middleburg High School winning group received an invitation to the owners’ suite for the August 21 Jaguars home game to see their PSA played at the game, and a tour of the WJCT 7 public television production studios.
This is the eighth year the Jaguars Foundation has sponsored this contest. Last year’s contest winner was Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.