Since 2010, the Jacksonville Jaguars have hosted their "Hope to Dream" program, providing children with a sleepover at EverBank Field -- complete with movie screenings, a visit from Jaxson DeVille, and delivering free beds to each child's home the next morning.
But this year, owner Shad Khan and the Jaguars franchise are taking the program to London to benefit children in the UK.
On Saturday, August 30th, the Jaguars will host their "Hope to Dream" sleepover at Wembley Stadium. According to EventMagazine.co.uk, the night will include a tour of Wembley, popcorn and a movie, a dance party with cheerleaders, and Jaxson DeVille himself.
"My wife and my children and I were just overcome with emotion at last year’s sleepover," said Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. "You have never seen such joy as when we told those children that from now on they would sleep in a bed—in their own bed—and the chance to expand the program to our fans in London—it’s the definition of being a servant leader and it’s going to be amazing!"
"We believe that every child has the right to their own bed," said owner Shad Khan. "It’s the last place they go at night and the first place they wake up in the morning. It’s a place of comfort and security and that’s something that no child should be without."
After committing the Jaguars to a four-year commitment to games in London, and hosting a Fulham friendly match at EverBank Field, the expansion of the "Hope to Dream" program is just one more way Khan is building a bridge between Jacksonville and London.