JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars will honor the family of the late J.T. Townsend on Sunday prior to the club's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Townsend was paralyzed from the neck down during a high school football game in 2004 and went on to graduate from the University of Northern Florida this year. He passed away on June 5, but his legacy continues to live on through the J.T. Townsend Foundation, which provides financial assistance, adaptive equipment and research funding for local children and adults with disabilities.
"We are all better people for having known J.T.," Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said. "I personally only met him a couple times but he left a lasting impact on me with energy and passion with how he lived his life. Our entire organization is excited about the opportunity to recognize his legacy and the great work his foundation is doing in our community."
Townsend's parents, Carmen and Jerry, along with his sisters, Sunshine and Precious, will be honored before Sunday's game.
Additionally, the J.T. Townsend Foundation is the charity recipient for the Jaguars' 50/50 Raffle for Charity. Fans can purchase raffle tickets with a chance to be the big winner of half of the net proceeds. The other half will benefit the Jaguars Foundation and J.T. Townsend Foundation.