Jaguars coach, players to visit Gainesville


Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey talks to players during football rookie minicamp on May 4 in Jacksonville. (The Associated Press)

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars today launched the first-ever Jaguars Caravan, a new initiative to generate excitement and recruit fans for the Jaguars in cities across Northeast and Central Florida and Southeast Georgia. The Jaguars Caravan will put players, coaches, ROAR cheerleaders and other special guests in the traveling Jaguars RV to take the growing excitement and energy for the 2012 season on the road, stopping in seven cities to engage with the team's regional fans.

“We know that a lot of Jaguars fans live beyond our five-county area, so this is an effort to bring our ‘All In' message to them,” said Mark Lamping, president of the Jaguars. “We're working hard to build and expand our fan base, and we want these fans to have the opportunity to meet some of the players they root for on Sundays. The caravans should be a lot of fun and we hope to see a great turnout in each city.”

At each stop, the travelling RV will arrive filled with coaches, players and cheerleaders who will meet with and sign autographs for their fans amidst a festival, rally-like, family-friendly atmosphere with music, food, interactive and inflatable games and drawings for prizes from the Jaguars and local vendors. All Jaguars Caravan stops are free and open to the public. Each caravan stop will also include a visit to a local community center by the group.

The Jaguars' Gainesville area stop will be June 6 at Tioga Town Center (105 SW 128th Street) from 6-8 p.m. Expected to appear will be head coach Mike Mularkey, a former UF player. Former UF standout Jeremy Mincey, a defensive end, is also expected to attend, as well as former UF and Jaguar Fred Taylor. Greg Jones and Paul Spicer are also on the tentative list of players.

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