As a way to help ensure Jacksonville’s low-income and inner city youth receive necessary resources and educational opportunities, Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver Allen Robinson created his Within Reach Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to help put success within their reach. And last night, the football star hosted the first of what he plans to make an annual Celebrity Surf & Turf event to raise money for that cause.
Robinson was joined by many of his Jaguars teammates, including Rasheed Bailey, Blake Bortles, Allen Hurns, Rashad Lawrence, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson, Bryan Walters and Tony Washington. Head Coach Gus Bradley, Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Tony Sorrentino, Voice of the Jaguars J.P. Shadrick, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry were also in attendance at Epping Forest Yacht Club, where the players traded in footballs for aprons and served the three-course-meal to attendees. The event was emceed by Seth Harp of Harp on Sports, featured over 100 guests, and raised $90,000.
“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. “It is so important to provide our youth with the opportunity to succeed and chase their dreams. 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.”
Last Christmas, Robinson’s foundation hosted Operation Elf, where Robinson was able to provide 50 deserving children with bicycles, helmets and jerseys. Similar events are being planned for 2016, including Back to School, an outreach program, where the foundation will provide backpacks and school supplies to low-income students living in single-parent homes to ensure that the children have all the supplies they need to return to school with confidence.
The mission of Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation is to provide educational opportunities and resources to low-income and inner city Jacksonville-area students to help put success within their reach.
To learn more about Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation, visit www.allenrobinson15.org.