Jaguars donate 1,000 playoff tickets to refugees and displaced Puerto Ricans

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The Jaguars haven’t hosted a playoff game since 1999, and they’re going to share the experience this weekend with some who have lived through much worse.

Owner Shad Khan has donated 1,000 tickets to Sunday’s game against the Bills to refugees who’ve settled in the Jacksonville area and residents of Puerto Rico who were displaced by Hurricane Maria.

The team’s foundation is also providing transportation and souvenirs and the team is providing food and beverage vouchers to use during the game.

“The Jaguars’ first home playoff appearance in very long time is an event that should be shared with as many people as possible, across all spectrums, who call Jacksonville their home,” Khan said in a release. “Whether it’s a home game in August or January, it’s important for the Jaguars to consistently be good citizens and do the right thing for our community. Hopefully the experience on Sunday will give our guests a well-deserved break from what can be severe challenges in their daily lives, and if we can give them a victory on the field, it will make for a perfect day.”

The Jaguars are also providing 1,500 $20 tickets to local servicemen through their partnership with the USO.

26 responses to “Jaguars donate 1,000 playoff tickets to refugees and displaced Puerto Ricans

  1. What a great gesture by the Jags. Hopefully those poor folks from Puerto Rico and the service people will have a great time. It would be wonderful to have them sitting together. That would blow the “football traditionalists” minds.

  2. So you’re giving tickets to people that have next to nothing…nice gesture. But arevthey going to be able to afford those high stadium prices to get food?

  3. keiselsbeard says:

    January 4, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Should have given them to United States military veterans.

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    We VETS get enough free things. What we are tired about is people like you always using our service as a crutch. A service that we volunteered for more than likely just to pay for our school or have a job. A job that most the time doesn’t even translate to the outside world. This vet is happy the jags have given back to people of actual need who do not always get the handouts.

  4. Khan is a class act! Great to have an owner that cares about the community and is not embroiled in scandal.

  5. Wouldn’t it have better to give displaced people food, shelter, clothing and water that would last longer than one free game?
    While giving away free tickets is a nice gesture, it’s nothing to a billionaire.

  6. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Wouldn’t it have better to give displaced people food, shelter, clothing and water that would last longer than one free game?
    While giving away free tickets is a nice gesture, it’s nothing to a billionaire.
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    Don’t you think maybe the Puerto Rican (American) refugees are staying in Jacksonville Florida mainly for the food, shelter, clothing and water?

  7. I’m guessing the comment about having trouble selling tickets is sarcasm. The Jaguars aren’t having trouble selling tickets, especially not to their first home playoff game since the 1999 season. They even got permission to take the tarps off the only two covered sections to add an additional 3501 tickets to sell, which sold in six minutes, and they’re selling 400 standing tickets – meaning no assigned seats, you either mingle in the Bud Zone or around the pools, or stand along a railing in those areas.

    Active members rather than vets is likely to give something to guys who are currently still in a situation that at any moment they might have to go fight in some other nation. Active or vets, no one’s saying either is “more deserving,” but it’s nice to see something done for the guys who are still having to wonder if they’ll be sent overseas tomorrow.

    As for Puerto Rican refugees, they’re already being given shelter, food, etc. through the city and state across Florida. The team’s donated money to relief efforts previously. The hurricane was months ago, so if shelter and such were huge concerns for people still, that’d be an issue.

    It’s also a bit ridiculous to downplay charity just because someone has a lot of money. End of the day, it’s still giving away a good chunk of money, and that’s on top of the Jaguars’ usual donations and efforts (which include grants to military vets, so vets are covered already). Khan’s also been a decent enough owner to put his own money into the stadium improvements and expansion rather than demand the city pay for it all, despite it being owned by the city (but the improvements have helped bring in more money for the city). So he’s not going to catch much flak for not throwing out even more of his own money. (He also gets credit as an owner for putting money into the city and community in other ways, including putting forth a bid to completely remake an area close to and around the stadium to bring more business to downtown Jacksonville and help improve the game day experience, which helps prove he’s not about to move the team elsewhere. Makes me glad we got Khan and St. Louis got Kroenke, though I do feel for the people of St. Louis who lost their team.)

  8. Good on ya Shad Kaaaahhhhhn! You da man.

    In other news, Ctiggs I usually thumb down your missives but in this case a big thumbs up for you. Thank you for laying it out the way you did, and thank you for your service.

  9. upyoursnfu says:
    January 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

    So you’re giving tickets to people that have next to nothing…nice gesture. But arevthey going to be able to afford those high stadium prices to get food?
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    The team’s foundation is also providing transportation to the game, souvenirs and the team is providing food and beverage vouchers to use during the game.

  10. These poor people have had all their possessions destroyed and been forced to leave their homes if they are fortunate enough to have one left. Now they have to watch Blake Bortles vs Tyrod Taylor for three hours?

    Haven’t they endured enough???

  11. St louis didn’t loose the Rams, they stole them from LA 21 years ago, they were in LA for 49 years. Stan K brought them back on his own dime. St Louis is not the victim in this relocation mess, Oakland and San Diego are and so was LA once.

  12. It’s nice but they should also give out food cards/certificates or whatever they call them.. 10 bucks a person – maybe. Also a shuttle to get these people to and from the game..

  13. I thought all the tickets were sold.

    Why are you donating to the riff raff of the world when there are first responders and military people who actually work for a living that deserve to be rewarded.

  14. Giving away tickets because you can’t sell them to refugees who hate America and the American way of life. Perfect.

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