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Boys & Girls Clubs' Duval Dynasty, represents Jaguars at NFL FLAG Championship

Pictured: Coach Soloman, Duval Dynasty team and Coach Simon

Pictured: Coach Soloman, Duval Dynasty team and Coach Simon

For the second consecutive year, the Jaguars selected Duval Dynasty, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida’s NFL FLAG all-star team, to represent Jacksonville at the NFL FLAG Championships in Orlando. The championship tournament was held in late January in conjunction with the NFL’s Pro Bowl Week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Coaches Rickie Simon Jr. and Troy Soloman led the group of 13- to 14-year-olds to compete on the national stage in one of the highest levels of flag football. In addition to Duval Dynasty, more than 70 youth teams from 24 states across four divisions competed in the annual culmination for the country’s premier youth flag football program.

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CB Jalen Ramsey continued a Jaguars tradition when he and the Nike Jordan brand partnered to give each competitor a brand-new pair of Jordan football cleats to wear during the competition. Last season, RB Leonard Fournette surprised each member of the Duval Dynasty with a pair of Under Armour cleats prior to the championship. 

“Flag football gives young athletes an opportunity to develop physical skills, grow in confidence and play a sport they love,” said Boys & Girls Club CEO/President Paul Martinez. “NFL FLAG and USA Football provide the resources we need to deliver the fun and high-quality experience that our coaches, players and parents deserve.”

Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida noted that the partnership with the Jaguars and their implementation of NFL FLAG into their program has resulted in a tremendous jump in Clubs’ retention rate by keeping teens engaged through the power of sports.

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MOD Pizza Celebrates First Location in Jacksonville

Terry Frank, Director of Marketing and Strategic Projects for BBX Capital; Angie Kenyon, Vice President of Real Estate Retail Brands for BBX Capital; Brick Kerge, Vice President of Operations for MOD Pizza Florida; Paul Martinez, President/CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida; Jason Gilmartin, General Manager MOD Pizza Jacksonville; Kirk Wendland, Jacksonville Director of Economic Development and Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement for MOD Pizza Florida. PHOTO BY DUSTIN HEGEDUS

Terry Frank, Director of Marketing and Strategic Projects for BBX Capital; Angie Kenyon, Vice President of Real Estate Retail Brands for BBX Capital; Brick Kerge, Vice President of Operations for MOD Pizza Florida; Paul Martinez, President/CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida; Jason Gilmartin, General Manager MOD Pizza Jacksonville; Kirk Wendland, Jacksonville Director of Economic Development and Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement for MOD Pizza Florida.
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MOD Pizza celebrated its first location in Jacksonville with a grand opening event Dec. 19.

100 percent of all pizza sales on opening day were donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida. The first 52 attendees were treated to one free artisan-style pizza.

MOD serves individual, artisan-style pizzas that are made on-demand in minutes using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers can create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics for a fixed price of $8.17. The restaurant is located at 12547 Bartram Park Blvd in Suite 201.

“GANGS CAN’T HAVE OUR KIDS!” Mayor Proposes Funding to For Unmet Afterschool Programming Needs

August 17 – Following continued discussions and collaborations with Duval County Public Schools, city council members, and providers, Mayor Lenny Curry has announced his commitment to supporting the unmet after school programming needs facing numerous communities. With his proposed recommendation to City Council of $2.69 million in additional funds, 21 sites throughout Jacksonville could now open, serving approximately 1,720 additional children.

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Left: Mayor Lenny Curry; CM: Reggie Brown; Right: BGCNF CEO, Paul Martinez

Left: Mayor Lenny Curry; CM: Reggie Brown; Right: BGCNF CEO, Paul Martinez

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA WELCOME NEW PRESIDENT, PAUL MARTINEZ

The newly named president and chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida attended a Boys Club himself while growing up near New York City. Paul Martinez, 54, remembers playing bumper pool, ping-pong, dodge ball, whiffle ball and basketball at the Richmond Hill club from age 6 to 13. He also remembers learning how to “play nice and compete.”

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Paul Martinez, New President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

Paul Martinez, New President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida