by: Action News Jax Updated:
The Jacksonville Jaguars home opener against the Tennessee Titans will take place on Sunday as scheduled at EverBank Field at 1 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars and team owner Shad Khan announced a $1 million donation to Florida's First Coast Relief Fund to help those affected by Hurricane Irma.
The team will also be donating 5,000 tickets to this Sunday's game to first responders, volunteers, organizations and residents who are experiencing hardships after Irma.
“Jacksonville gets labeled as ‘small market,’ but it has a heart bigger than any community I’ve been associated with in my life. Jacksonville will recover and come back stronger than ever, but who couldn’t use a little help from our friends?" Khan said.
“I’m hoping that our sponsors, partners and fans will think of Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund this week and give what they can. Then, we gather Sunday at EverBank Field to show the world we’re back in a big way, as a team and as a community. This is Jax As One.”
The Jaguars will automatically distribute a portion of the allotment to organizations representing first responders, volunteers and organizations like the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, JEA, Beaches Electric, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Florida National Guard and similar organizations. The remaining allotment will be distributed to residents who have been impacted and perhaps experiencing hardships in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
First Coast residents can apply for the donated tickets via the Jaguars’ Hurricane Irma Relief Ticket Offer and recipients will be randomly selected. The process for registration and distribution for the tickets to Sunday’s game will be available at www.jaguars.com/jaxasone. Tickets to Sunday’s game also remain on sale to the public for those wishing to guarantee seats.
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