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Dedication To Community Officially Launches Its Presence in Jacksonville

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Dedication to Community (D2C), a national non-profit that educates and empowers communities on diversity, belonging, and equity, will formally launch its Jacksonville office on Thursday, February 25 by hosting a special event, ”Different Road, A Single Destination – A Celebration of Our Differences and What Makes Us ONE CommUNITY.” The event will be held at BKS Partners, 4233 Pablo Professional Court at 6:00 pm. All social distancing rules will be in effect, and space is limited.

The event will be hosted by D2C founder M. Quentin Williams, former Jacksonville Jaguars executive, former FBI Agent and federal prosecutor, and NFL and NBA executive along with fellow leaders in business, professional sports and law enforcement as they share their efforts to improve understanding and build relationships between law enforcement and the community through healing, reconciliation, and unity for the purpose of creating greater community engagement and social responsibility.

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The Jacksonville office will be led by Lamonte Winston, D2C’s Vice President, Sports Division and Kim Varner, D2C’s Director of Programs in Florida. Winston has spent over thirty years as a coach, scout, and personal developer of athletes, primarily with two organizations, the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. He is one of the most respected mentors and teachers in football and has been honored countless times for his work, most notably in having The Winston/Shell Award named after him and Hall of Famer Donnie Shell. The award has been given to the NFL team that annually excels at Player Development not just on, but off the field as well. Winston designed and managed an advanced transition program for all NFL rookies and their families to move from college to the pro level for both NFL teams and has led the NFL in facilitating career internships and career shadow programs. He has furthered that work by also leading his successful consulting group since 2010, which deals with athletes on all levels of career transition.

Varner is a long-time leader in law enforcement and also serves as a senior instructor for D2C’s national and global programming. Both reside in the greater Jacksonville area and are longtime community leaders as well.

“Our efforts to bring communities together through positive discussion, listening and taking action continues to expand, and we are excited to formally plant roots in Jacksonville,” Williams said. “The conversations we are leading in professional sports, law enforcement and on the collegiate level in the arena have been very encouraging, to the point where it is time to set up shop in Jacksonville and formally get things going.”

To date, D2C has worked with law enforcement agencies in several states across the U.S., including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, the Carolinas, and at the FBI National Academy in Virginia, where Williams has been an instructor.

In September 2020, Williams also announced a historic partnership with the Miami HEAT and the City of Miami Police Department and, in February 2021, launched a partnership with veteran PGA TOUR golfer Kirk Triplett. Additional partnerships tied to athletes and teams are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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