Brian Sexton, the voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars since the team’s inception in 1995, took a moment out of his busy football season schedule to share what NFSSE means to him and how it relates to football.
Sexton was the featured speaker at Tuesday evening’s Giving Tree Pizza Party Kick-Off held in the gymnasium. Dozens of families attended the event that was set up like a pizzeria. “Out theme this year is ‘You are the Reason’, and we’re excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, ” explains Head of School Sally Hazelip. “We want our students, parents, staff, volunteers, and donors to know that you are the reason that we are here and are so appreciative of the history of NFSSE and our thirty new families who will continue creating those memories.”
The goal of this year’s campaign is $415,000. Starting October 1st, the Giving Tree campaign begins with our families, and the event was used to share how families can not only raise money for our school, but also have an opportunity to win many prizes.
Sexton, who first visited NFSSE last summer to cover a story on Jaguars Kicker Josh Lambo’s work with the school was amazed the moment he stepped foot on campus. “I pull up to the school, and I see this big red barn in the middle of Arlington . I didn’t know what I was walking into and didn’t understand what makes this place so special,” says Sexton who spent days here not only exploring the campus but also volunteering at a bicycle riding camp. “It didn’t take long to walk into this gym and see parents who let a lot of other people work with your kids. There are a lot people here who love your kids, and I’ve never seen a school that offers so much and brings so many people together to create an opportunity to let these kids be their very best.”
Sexton concluded his presentation to say that his experience has had such a profound impact on his family that they wanted to donate the first $1000 of the campaign and vows to return for next summer’s camp.
He also took an opportunity to compare the Jaguars to our school. “The Jaguars are passionate about the direction the they’re taking, and they’re going to be real good soon,” says Sexton. “You are all passionate about the story to have to tell about NFSSE, and it’s really good all the time. This is a phenomenal place, and you are all blessed to have it where you can work together to create an amazing opportunity for your kids. I want to continue to be a part of that.”
Click here to see a gallery from the night’s event.