JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For children everywhere, sports means new opportunities and new horizons. Receiver and return specialist for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jamal Agnew, has experienced it firsthand, taking his talents all the way to NFL glory.
“Sports can get you a free education, it can open a lot of doors for you, you can meet a lot of people” Agnew told Action News Jax.
Now, the student athletes at the Jacksonville Classical Academy will have a reason to keep coming back to sports and school, with a brand new, state of the art athletic facility in the works, fueled in part by a $7,500 grant from Winn Dixie and Bounty announced on Wednesday.
“I kind of compare it to us, the Jags. Obviously we just got the new facility,” Agnew said at Wednesday morning’s announcement. “Having the new state of the art stuff, it just makes you want to keep coming back.”
While the massive project expected to cost millions of dollars will keep kids wanting to come back to school, it will also instill skills in the students that will last a lifetime.
“For our students, sports provides discipline,” principal Nick Barker said with a smile. “They provide mentoring, they provide opportunities to learn hard work, to learn by failing, and just to grow as people as well.”
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