Jacksonville Jaguars Community Report 2016-2017 - Page 33

The Jaguars and Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program hosted a private luncheon and awarded NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with the inaugural Leadership in Sports Health, Safety and Research Award as part of the area’s Project 17 initiative Athletic Trainers Initiative Girls Flag Coaches Clinic Highschool Player of the Week In a groundbreaking program, the Jaguars Foundation partnered with the NFL, Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville University and other partners to embark on an ambitious initiative to provide all 17 public high schools with fulltime athletic trainers within four years. We are currently in our second year and have staffed 7 schools with a full time athletic trainer. The Jacksonville Jaguars along with Fuel Up to Play 60 held the inaugural Jaguars Girls’ Flag event which hosted 200 female athletes from the greater Jacksonville area. The players also participated in an interactive character development session featuring guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer Welter, who was the first female to break into an all-male team sport, the NFL. She was the first female running back in the game for the Revolution, the first female linebacker and special teams coach and the first female to coach in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals. Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley hosted the 2nd Annual Jaguars High School Coaching Clinic. This clinic is designed for Jaguars coaching staff to share core fundamentals of the game of football with local high school football coaches. Each week during the high school football season one local student athlete is chosen to be the High School Player of the Week for his efforts on the football field. With a number of local talented high school athletes the winner is chosen strictly based off their stats. The Jaguars award each athlete that is chosen with the opportunity to come to a Jaguars’ home game with a parent while meeting current and former Jaguars players on the field pre-game. Thanks to our sponsors, Buffalo Wild Wings, who provide each winner a free year’s worth of wings, and Baker Sporting Goods who provide each winner a duffle bag and a plaque.