CJ and Blake: Their Story
During his junior year of high school, Blake volunteered with an organization that pairs athletes with students with special needs to play football. It was there that Blake met CJ, a freshman who loved sports especially football and had autism. Blake and CJ’s friendship developed both on and off the field, playing football, watching old games and shooting hoops. Their friendship has continued over the years, through Blake attending college and throughout his NFL career.
It was through CJ that Blake was first connected to The Arc Jacksonville. CJ participated in the Summer LIFE Experience program. For four weeks, CJ lived with roommates in a four bedroom/four-bathroom apartment, learning to cook, clean, manage his money and much more. CJ loved his experience, which inspired Blake to become more involved with The Arc.