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May 21, 2019

DeSEAN Jackson Leaves a Lasting Impression on Tampa’s Youth

Shaka Jasper, Chairman of the Pi Iota Chapter, of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the students from the Ernest E. Just Elementary, Just Omega Gentlemen’s Club, reached out to Philadelphia Eagle, DeSean Jackson, to thank him for the lasting impression; and, impact Jackson made in their lives during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


“Although, DeSean Jackson is no longer playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers his presence is still being felt here in the Tampa Bay area”, states Jasper. “Through the emotional dedication and donation made by the DeSean Jackson Foundation, 20 boys, in the Just Elementary Omega Gentlemen’s Program; and 20 girls from the girls program were treated to a day of fun and fellowship, at PK’s Play Zone, as a result of a generous donation from DeSean Jackson. Although, his time here wasn’t long, DeSean Jackson made a substantial impact in our community and the lives of the young men he mentored in the Just Omega Gentlemen’s Club. He will be greatly missed here in the Tampa Bay area; and, we wish him the best of luck in his return to the Philadelphia Eagles.”


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More About the Ernest E. Just Elementary Omega Gents

The Omega Gent’s mentoring program was established at E.E. Just Elementary, Title I. School, in Tampa, in 2010. Omega Psi Fraternity, along with school personnel, have been mentoring about 35 students a year. This club’s program ideas are based on the vision of Stephen G Peters, founder of the original Gentlemen’s Club, that was established at Just Elementary in 2008. Its vision is for all students to become life-long learners and have an impact in their community.

Just Elementary is located in West Tampa across from the North Boulevard Homes, where students have been a product of generational poverty. Just is a Title I school with 98% of its students receiving free or reduced lunch. Although, the community is undergoing redevelopment, the population has decreased due to gentrification, and the needs of the students who remain unchanged.

Contact for E.E. Just Elementary: Ire Carolina, Principal, (813) 276-5708, website: sdhc.k12.fl.us

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