Jacksonville native leads Jaguars social responsibility efforts to support community

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The NFL Draft begins Thursday, and one thing we know for sure is that the Jaguars aren’t just about playing football.

Having an NFL team in Jacksonville improves the community.

Hometown wife T-Neisha Tate has a pretty cool job. She was promoted by the Jaguars from Director of Programs to Vice President of Social Responsibility and Impact in the summer of 2020.

She has taken the reins in the throes of uncertainty and fear surrounding a pandemic and racial reckoning – with a diverse group of people demanding equality, fairness and opportunity for ALL.

She now has the platform, a mission and the resources to orchestrate change in a city she loves and grew up in.

“I did an exercise to find the best way to communicate with the community. And sometimes that means how people want to get their information, resident by resident sometimes,” Tate said. “So some of them, I can text them. Some of them, I just need to meet them at Mrs. Cookie’s restaurant, Avenue Grill, and we can sit down and have a chat. And we let’s find ways to really touch the things – big and small – that help improve the community from a truly organic place.

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Tate said Jaguars players are very committed to giving back.

“There’s nothing we do in the community and Inspire Change that isn’t player-led and player-driven,” Tate said. “So when a cause comes up, they are fully involved in everything from helping to fund it to deciding what the implementation looks like. So it becomes this really holistic approach of our team supporting our community.

Tate said it was a dream job serving the community that gave him the heart and knowledge to know the right way to give back.

“It’s not just me thinking I know what’s best,” Tate said. “What I can come to the table with is just access to help. But the best part is whatever the community or that person or your neighbor says they need, and then you fill in from there.

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