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From left to right: Andrew Solomons - Life Scout, Daniel Solomons - Eagle Scout, Jaguars owner Shad Khan - Eagle Scout and Malachi Miller - Eagle Scout.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, wants to help other boys reach their potential through scouting.
He announced on Tuesday that The Jaguars Foundation would partner with the Boy Scouts of America-North Florida Council for the "Every Boy Deserves a Chance" fundraising campaign.
"Scouting had a tremendous impact on my life as a boy growing up in Pakistan," Khan said. "Indeed, I can frankly say that my scouting experiences played an absolutely vital role in preparing me for life."
The Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar every donation raised, up to $100,000. Brian Sexton, the "Voice of the Jaguars," will be the Honorary Chair for the campaign.
The capital and endowment campaign will support three main areas:
1) The urban ScoutReach program, which helps ensure that any boy can benefit from Scouting, regardless of his socioeconomic situation.
2) Physical improvements at Camp Shands, including a new aquatic center, campsite shelters and housing.
3) An endowment to help secure the Council's long-term future for generations of new Scouts.
The Council hopes to raise $6.5 million after the campaign ends, according to a release.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Jaguars for this campaign. The Jaguars and the Scouts have had a great relationship including the team's sponsorship of the ScoutReach Sports Luncheon from 2009 through 2012 which has raised $40,000 to $60,000 annually in support of the Urban Scout Reach program," said Jack Sears, Jr., Scout Executive/CEO for the North Florida Council.
To make a gift to the campaign, or to get more information, call (904) 388-0591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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