JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, personally donated $ 1 million through the Jaguars Foundation to LIFT JAX and its work with the Historic Eastside Community Development Corporation (HECDC).
The donation aims to support the holistic revitalization of the Eastside neighborhood, also known as Out East, and to continue the work of Jaguars organization members to create a “culturally rich and important neighborhood less than a mile from the team’s home.” TIAA removed to support Bank Field, “read a press release.
“I love what LIFT JAX is, so it is my privilege to make this donation and help set a course that I hope will have immediate and lasting effects,” said Khan. “It’s not about writing a check, however. The point is that we all use our time and resources continuously and uninterruptedly to empower our neighbors and break the cycle of poverty. It takes work and accountability, and the Jaguars Foundation is more than willing to do its part. “
The cooperation partnership aims at five main common priorities:
Food Insecurity – Provide year-round access to healthy food and nutrition education, and create a permanent neighborhood market.
Parks, Playgrounds, and Green Spaces – Reimagine outdoor spaces to promote healthy lifestyles and improve community wellbeing for all ages.
Local Culture and Business – Celebrate the rich history and culture of the historic Eastside neighborhood by supporting local businesses and events like the quarterly Melanin Market and other placement activities.
National Register of Historic Places – Support the application of the Historic Eastside neighborhood to the State Historic Preservation Office for entry on the National Register of Historic Places.
Organizational and Community Support – Build the capacities of LIFT JAX and HECDC to ensure operational support continues to have a positive impact on the Out East community.
“As a nonprofit based on the belief that community partnerships can help solve the complex challenges facing society, LIFT JAX is grateful for the Khan family and the Jaguars investment in the Eastside neighborhood of Jacksonville,” said David Garfunkel , President of LIFT JAX. The Jaguars donation will help advance the pillars of the LIFT JAX ‘Purpose Built Communities’ model, which takes a holistic approach to empowering neighborhoods through high quality mixed income housing, cradle to career education, wellbeing in the Followed by community and long-term financial vitality. We are excited to work with the Jaguars, Historic Eastside Community Development Corporation and community leaders to implement the priorities that residents have shared with us to create a more vibrant and thriving neighborhood for everyone on the Eastside. “
“The Historic Eastside CDC and the Eastside Community are excited to begin a long-term Withintrification partnership with the Jaguars to preserve and protect our community,” said Pickett.
Located north of the Jaguars House at TIAA Bank Field, the Eastside Community is known as “Out East” to generations of locals. Widely considered one of Jacksonville’s most important historically African American neighborhoods, it was once home to historical figures including A. Philip Randolph, union leader and father of the civil rights movement; Bob Hayes, broad recipient for the Dallas Cowboys and Olympic gold medalist, known as “the world’s fastest man”; and the 1958 Matthew Gilbert High School football team, the first all-black Florida national champion.
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