Jets, NRG and United Way $75,000 Donation • Latino Sports


Jets, NRG and United Way $75,000 Donation


BOUND BROOK, N.J.  – New York Jets players unveiled an outdoor PLAY 60 multi-purpose game court and played flag football with 30 children from Smalley School as part of the NFL’s 18th annual Hometown Huddle on Tuesday, an NFL-wide day of service with United Ways across the nation.

In partnership with United Way of Northern New Jersey, the New York Jets, NRG and NFL Foundation have contributed $75,000 to install similar courts at four schools for elementary and middle school students within the K-12 Bound Brook School District. In addition, Hollister Construction Services donated manpower to help install the courts. The specialized surfaces are safer alternatives to asphalt and are designed to be used for multiple sports.

Bound Brook was chosen this year because United Way is working with the school district on a variety of measures to improve the culture and climate at all its schools. As part of that work, all students will learn positive coping skills for dealing with stress and anxiety. This project supports that effort by providing students with opportunities to develop an appreciation for the lifelong benefits of exercise.

“Not only are these courts great for giving students a positive outlet for physical activity during the school day, but we expect children will ask their parents to bring them back after school and on weekends, said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin. “We believe these courts can play a big role in strengthening the sense of community within the district.”

Over a dozen Jets players came out to help the students from Smalley get the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise by playing flag football together. The Jets players who participated included Robby Anderson, Juston Burris, Lachlan Edwards, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Bryson Keeton, Jalin Marshall, Doug Middleton, Victor Ochi, Charone Peake, Troymaine Pope, Brandon Shell and Brandon Wilds.

“Partnering with United Way, NRG and Bound Brook to create the PLAY 60 multi-purpose game courts is very important to us because it provides opportunities for children to get at least 60 minutes of activity every day,” said Jets Community Relations Director Jesse Linder. “The annual Hometown Huddle is an event we look forward to every year. Our players are here today to contribute their time and effort for the good of the community and to set examples for children to be physically active.”

“Ensuring children grow up with healthy habits is critically important to the well-being of our communities, which is why the Play 60 program is so vital,” said NRG Retail East general manager, Mike Starck. “The New York Jets’ commitment to the communities NRG serves is one of the reasons why NRG is so proud to partner with them every year.”

“I want to thank the Jets, NRG, United Way and Hollister for making these incredible recreation facilities available not only to our students and staff, but the entire community,” said Bound Brook Superintendent Daniel Gallagher. “Our residents have been very supportive of the schools and it’s wonderful that we can get these added enhancements which can extend the benefits to the wider community.”

The NFL and the Jets are committed to promoting youth health and fitness through the NFL’s PLAY 60 program. Throughout the year, players and representatives from the New York Jets make appearances at schools and community events to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

Since 1999, the NFL has partnered with United Way for a league-wide day of service designed to bring awareness to the issue of youth health and fitness. During Hometown Huddle, NFL players, coaches and leadership participate in a variety of youth fitness projects in different NFL cities across the country on the same day — building fitness zones, hosting youth football clinics, rebuilding neighborhood playgrounds and upgrading fitness facilities.

About United Way of Northern New Jersey

United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.

These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health. We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.

Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

To learn more, call 973.993.1160 or visit

About Jets Foundation

The New York Jets take great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to our community. Programs funded by the New York Jets Foundation look to positively influence the lives of young men and women in the tri-state area by promoting fitness, supporting youth football and preventing bullying, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

From launching football teams at urban high schools to urging students to be active for at least 60 minutes every day to fostering positive school environments, the New York Jets invest in programs that make a difference in the lives of others.

In addition to our focus on youth development, the Jets support the efforts of the Alliance for Lupus Research and numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.

About NRG

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 200 company, NRG creates value through best in class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses.

Working with electricity customers, large and small, we continually innovate, embrace and implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy. We aim to be pioneers in developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

More information is available at Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

About The NFL and United Way

In 1973, the NFL and United Way of America forged a partnership that has become the sports industry’s most visible and longest-running public service program, using players and other NFL personalities to promote community service through public service television ads.

Throughout the years, United Way fundraising has soared from $800 million to $3.91 billion and the NFL-United Way partnership has evolved from a fundraising organization to a community services provider, on programs and services that far surpass the well-known television spots.

Teams and their players support the local United Way chapters in their communities year-round through personal appearances, joint programs, and campaign contributions.

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