08/23/2013 11:24 AM -

JACKSONVILLE – The 2013 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Friday that both Sharks Assistant General Manager Tim Johnson and Chum, the team’s Director of Excitement, will be participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Downtown Lock-Up.” This year’s “Lock-Up” will occur on September 12 at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront. The fundraiser will benefit those affected by neuromuscular disease in our local community.

For the event, Chum and Johnson each have a $4,000 bail to be funded by donations to MDA. Once that goal is reached, they will be released from lock-up on good behavior. Donations may be made by mail, by phone, online or in person. This marks the second consecutive year in which the Sharks have participated in the "Lock-Up."

As a guideline, MDA has provided a number of benchmarks to indicate the potential impact of a donation. For example, a $30 donation funds a flu shot, a $65 donation funds one minute of muscular dystrophy research, a $150 donation funds one physical therapy session and an $800 donation provides one child with a week’s trip to MDS Summer Camp. These benchmarks are simply a guideline – those wishing to participate may donate any amount.

To donate by mail, send a check to MDA at 7077 Bonneval Rd. Suite 460, Jacksonville, FL, 32216. Please specify “Chum” or “Tim Johnson” on the memo portion of the check to ensure that the donation is counted toward their bail. Donations may also be made over the phone via credit card by calling (904) 296-7434. Those who prefer to donate electronically may make a donation online at either of the links below:

Chum's Donation Page
Tim Johnson's Donation Page

Finally, donations may be made in person at the Crowne Plaza during the Lock-Up. The hotel is located at 1201 Riverplace Blvd. in Jacksonville.

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2014 season are now available, two tickets as low as $185. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased its fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game aired on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.