Jaguars trade footballs for aprons at inaugural benefit

Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver Allen Robinson hosted his first Celebrity Surf & Turf event June 13 at Epping Forest Yacht and Country Club to benefit his foundation, Within Reach. The foundation seeks to provide Jacksonville’s low-income and inner-city youth with educational opportunities and resources.

Planning to make it an annual event, Robinson was joined by many of his teammates, including Rasheed Bailey, Blake Bortles, Allen Hurns, Rashad Lawrence, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson, Bryan Walters and Tony Washington. Also in attendance were Head Coach Gus Bradley, Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Tony Sorrentino, Voice of the Jaguars J.P. Shadrick, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

At the event, emceed by Seth Harp of Harp on Sports, players traded footballs for aprons and served the three-course-meal to over 100 guests, raising $90,000 for the foundation.

“As proud as I am of my work on the football field, I am equally as proud of what we’re accomplishing off the field through my Within Reach Foundation,” said Robinson. “I know first-hand about the struggles many local Jacksonville kids are facing, and I also understand the importance of having mentors and people that care.”

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