On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced Dr. Kim Allen as its recipient of the inaugural Duval Diversity Playmaker Award presented by Florida Blue. The Jaguars newly established award recognizes individuals who are making a difference in the area of social justice.
Dr. Allen was recognized on the field during Sunday’s Jaguars game and presented with a personalized jersey. She was joined by her husband, three children, Jaguars Chief Community Impact Officer Whitney Meyer and Darnell Smith, Market President, North Florida, Florida Blue.
Originally from Jacksonville, Dr. Allen became the inaugural CEO of 904WARD in 2021 after volunteering for two years and serving as the board chair of the all-volunteer organization for two and a half years. During that time, the organization has engaged thousands of Jacksonville community members, created and sold over 2,000 decks of the Race Cards as a tool to invite meaningful dialogue, partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative to create the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project to memorialize victims of terror lynching, created a traveling mixed-medium art exhibit, raised nearly than $2M in philanthropic donations and fostered countless partnerships all in the name of ending racism so that everyone thrives. Dr. Allen’s hope is to work the organization out of business so that her children, grandchildren and future generations can actually see the beauty in our community rather than just its potential.
The Jaguars Duval Diversity Playmaker award was created this year by the team’s Community Impact department. The recipient is recognized for their social justice community work and its potential for longstanding impact and permanent change.