The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that they’ve named T-Neisha Tate the team’s Vice President of Social Responsibility and Impact, a position which was created just this year.
“In her new role, Tate is responsible for creating programming and executing on the organization’s social responsibility mission that is designed to emphasize respect and to inspire and unify players, staff, fans and area communities through efforts to make a positive, meaningful impact,” the Jaguars said in a statement today.
The Jaguars, and many clubs around the NFL have responded to the social injustice that has overtaken America as of late, including recently with the shooting of Jacob Blake. In order to create a meaningful impact on society, many players, coaches, and NFL clubs have spoken out over the past few months, and recently, the Detroit Lions canceled practice to show support.
In June, the Jaguars held their own march in the name of Black Lives Matter, which included staff, players and coaches from the organization. The march took place at TIAA Bank Field and ended at the local Jacksonville Sheriffs Office where players, coaches, and former Jaguars player Earnest Wilford, now police officer for JSO, spoke up in support of protestors and an overall movement among the nation.
“The Jaguars as an organization have placed strong emphasis on social responsibility and racial equality, and the creation of this position is taking that commitment to an entirely new and appropriate level,” said Jaguars President Mark Lamping via a statement released by the team.
“T-Neisha has long been a passionate and loyal member of our team, and her love for Jacksonville and its people is well known to anyone who has spent even a moment with her. This is a natural progression and well-deserved promotion for T-Neisha, who will undoubtedly make a difference for everyone who loves the Jaguars and believes that we can do more and be better.”
Tate is among one of the first Black women to be named a vice president of an NFL franchise, and she will report directly to Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility & Impact Julian Duncan, the team says, who was the first Black CMO for an NFL Club.
Previously, Tate held the position of Jaguars Foundation Director of Programs with the club, and will continue to make her impact felt throughout the entire organization.
“I am a Brown girl from the Northside of Jacksonville, a proud Raines Viking, and a woman who didn’t realize one could dream of working in professional sports, let alone be able to use a platform as powerful as the Jaguars to break down barriers and build understanding,” Tate said in a statement released by the team.
“I am humbled by the commitment the Jaguars organization has made to essential issues such as social justice and equity. I am honored to be leading the charge to better my community by leveraging the power of football. My goal is to be a role model for every black and brown girl and woman whose possibilities and potential have yet to be realized.”
Tate, a Jacksonville native, has two parents whoa re also alumnus of Raines High School. Along with her new role, Tate was also selected for recognition in the Paradigm for Parity Coalition: 2020 Women on the Rise, which celebrates women “who are helping to change the face of corporate leadership and have been nominated by their sponsors or their mentors for their work.”
“In general, Tate’s focus will be on education and economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.”