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Mincey donates $1,500 to club
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey, back row, presents a check for $1,500, which he donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County during a visit May 18. Mincey, a former Statesboro High School standout, also gave a motivational speech to the children. - photo by Special to the Herald

    Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey, a former Statesboro High School and University of  Florida standout, visited the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County on May 18 to deliver a motivating message and donate $1,500 to the club before the annual "Bash in the Boro.”
    "I want all you kids to know, don’t ever give up on your dreams," Mincey said.
    Mincey, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound starting defensive end for the Jaguars, spoke with the children about the importance of never giving up on their dreams. 
    "Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something," he said. "I am a perfect example. People told me I could not graduate high school. I could not graduate college. I could not play in the NFL. Don’t quit. Don’t give up."
    “Bash in the Boro” in conjunction with Platinum Lounge is an annual event founded by Mincey that serves as an opportunity for Mincey to express his appreciation for the community as well as provide a positive influence and leadership to youth.
    "Bash in the Boro" features live entertainment, celebrity guests, motivational speakers, a talent competition, games, food vendors, product vendors and more.
    Mincey and fellow guests signed autographs and memorabilia while spending quality time with the children.
    In addition to Mincey and his guests, several members of Georgia Southern's football, basketball and track teams attended. They spoke about what it means to be a college athlete. The athletes and children also played games, including Marvel vs. Capcom, Dance Revolution and Madden 2012.