Blake Bortles, quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, established The Blake Bortles Foundation in 2016 to give back to the Jacksonville and Oviedo communities.
The Foundation supports two specific areas of need:
- Children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). We provide opportunities through partnerships with organizations in Jacksonville and Oviedo to help these amazing individuals pursue full, independent lives.
- First responders in both Jacksonville and Oviedo communities. We care very deeply about our local public safety organizations, as they strengthen communities and protect our citizens.
During his junior year of high school, Blake volunteered with Challenger Football, an organization that pairs athletes with students with special needs to play football. It was there that Blake met CJ, a freshman in high school who loved sports – especially football – and has autism. Blake and CJ’s friendship developed both on and off the field, playing football, watching old games and just being boys. Their friendship has only deepened over the years continuing through Blake’s NFL career.
CJ’s friendship changed Blake’s life in many ways and now through his NFL career, Blake is able to give back to his long time friend. A top supporter of The Arc Jacksonville, Blake has given CJ and other peers the opportunity to learn to live independently and to be extraordinary.
The foundation hosts a celebrity golf weekend each spring comprised of a celebrity golf tournament and concert series. Donors, sponsors and volunteers all come together to raise awareness and funding for local organizations like The Arc Jacksonville. Ensuring respect and support for the local public safety members, The Foundation also contributes to organizations such as The Jacksonville Police Athletic League.