Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and the Jaguars Foundation donated 500 tickets to refugees for his team's AFC Wild Card playoff game. The franchise also donated 500 tickets to displaced Hurricane Maria victims.
The game pits the Jaguars against the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. Sunday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
The refugees come from around the world and have since settled in South Florida. The Jaguars foundation worked with Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida to help identity the individuals. The foundation has aided the resettlement of refugees admitted to the United States due to dangerous political climates or natural disasters in their own countries and has been doing so for more than 35 years.
"The Jaguars' first home playoff appearance in very long time is an event that should be shared with as many people as possible, across all spectrums, who call Jacksonville their home," Khan said in a news release from the Jaguars.
"Whether it's a home game in August or January, it's important for the Jaguars to consistently be good citizens and do the right thing for our community. Hopefully the experience on Sunday will give our guests a well-deserved break from what can be severe challenges in their daily lives, and if we can give them a victory on the field, it will make for a perfect day."
The franchise donated the other 500 tickets to displaced Puerto Ricans and their families in North and Central Florida. The Jaguars worked with First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Latino Leadership, Inc., of Orlando to find individuals who were displaced due to Hurricane Maria.
The Jaguars foundation is providing courtesy transportation and souvenirs for the special guests. All 1,000 ticket recipients have been identified.
Jacksonville also supplied 1,500 tickets to the game to local military members at a cost of $20 per ticket.
The Jaguars haven't been to the playoffs since 2007 and haven't hosted a playoff game since 2000. Jacksonville is 5-6 in the postseason all-time and has never appeared in a Super Bowl.