JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars are moving forward with their social responsibility message, putting Jacksonville native T-Neisha Tate in a role that will expand on the team’s mission of social causes in the area.
Tate, who has been with the franchise more than eight years, will serve as the vice president of Social Responsibility & Impact with the team. Mark Lamping, Jaguars team president, said that creating the position at this time is a message that social causes that were brought up in the spring and summer aren’t going to be fleeting. Lamping said the Jaguars are “taking that commitment to an entirely new and appropriate level.”
Tate’s focus in the position will be multi-faceted.
The team said that she will focus on police and community relations, education and economic advancement and creating programming on the team’s social responsibility front.
In the wake of several high profile deaths of Blacks this summer — Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were significant turning points in their own ways — the Jaguars have been active in speaking out for social justice.
On June 5, members of the organization — coaches, players and other employees — marched from TIAA Bank Field to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to speak out on social justice and inequality issues. Two days prior to that, team owner Shad Khan wrote a powerful op-ed detailing his struggles with racial encounters and spoke of his desire to do more.
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