JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 13: Shad Khan, Owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, looks on before … [+]
While the Jaguars continue to rebuild their team in Jacksonville, FL., owner Shad Khan personally has committed $1 Million to support relief efforts to what the team calls the “COVID-19 crisis” in Northeast Florida. The donation was designed to provide essential support to local organizations focused on the immediate health and well being of First Coast residents as the coronavirus spreads.
“I want to say thank you to every group or individual who is personally stepping up for the people of Jacksonville during these uncertain times,” Khan said in a statement. “It’s my privilege to help.”
Khan also shared an encouraging message to Jacksonville and Northeast Florida residents.
“The most important gift is the one everyone in Jacksonville can share with one another, and that’s to heed the direction of our health authorities here and nationally so we can get past this safely and successfully,” Khan said. “Let’s get through this together but let’s do it by staying home. We’ll catch up in Jax soon, in good health and spirit, and I look forward to that day.”
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 19: Shad Khan Owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on before … [+]
Earlier this month the Jaguars organization began encouraging employees to work from home. The team has also been sharing its concern for residents in the area by urging them to take proper precautions against the latest coronavirus outbreak and follow the best practices as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. On Wednesday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Shefter reported the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodall, has told all NFL teams to shut down their training facilities because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Khan’s $1 million commitment will be allocated to five organizations in the Jacksonville, FL. area. Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund will receive $400,000 to provide immediate support to nonprofits that help children, families, seniors and veterans who are struggling during this time of uncertainty. Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund was originally established in 2016 to help victims of Hurricane Irma.
Feeding Northeast Florida will receive $75,000 to aid in the effort to bring meals to local children, families and seniors along with active and retired military members who are challenged with putting food on their tables during the crisis. The Clara White Mission will also receive $75,000 to provide food and care for the homeless population located in downtown Jacksonville, Fl.
Khan also allocated $50,000 to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund to help distribute needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning. The local chapter of the American Red Cross will also receive $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives across the country.
Khan and his wife Ann have been philanthropic leaders in the Northeast Florida community from the time they purchased the Jaguars. Since 2012 Khan and his wife Ann have focused their charitable giving in the community through the Jaguars Foundation.
The team indicated additional allocations would be made as the COVID-19 crisis evolves.