Jaguars partner with Boy Scouts of America

The Jaguars foundation has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America-North Florida with their “Every Boy Deserves a Chance” Matching Gift Campaign.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Tuesday they will be partnering with the Boy Scouts of North America for their "Every Boy Deserves a Chance" campaign, matching donations up to $100,000. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is an Eagle Scout, the highest rank you can achieve and notes it was a big part of his childhood.

"Scouting had a tremendous impact on my life as a boy growing up in Pakistan," Khan said in a press release. "Indeed, I can frankly say that my scouting experiences played an absolutely vital role in preparing me for life."

Khan expressed that one of his most memorable experiences was the International Boy Scout Jamboree in Athens, Greece in 1963. Khan, the youngest of his group, went on a six-week trek through multiple countries by land and water to reach the Jamboree.

The program focuses on three major areas:

  1. The urban ScoutReach program which helps ensure that any boy can benefit from Scouting, regardless of his socioeconomic situation.
  2. Physical improvements at Camp Shands, including a new aquatic center, campsite shelters and housing.
  3. An endowment to help secure the Council's long-term future for generations of new Scouts.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Jaguars for this campaign," Jack Sears, Jr., Scout Executive/CEO for the North Florida Council, said in a press release. "The Jaguars and the Scouts have had a great relationship including the team's sponsorship of the ScoutReach Sports Luncheon from 2009 through 2012 which has raised $40,000 to $60,000 annually in support of the Urban Scout Reach program. This new partnership takes us to the next level. The goal during this phase of the campaign is to raise $250,000 from our scouting families and friends. However, with the addition of the $100,000 Jaguars match, the total amount raised will now be $350,000."

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