The New York Jets take great pride in having a strong commitment to their community, and that is why the Jets invest in programs that make a difference in the lives of others. Funded by the New York Jets Foundation, the programs are focused on positively influencing the lives of young and women while also focusing on promoting social justice, preventing bullying, and unifying their community.
Programs Jets Play Football:
Since the Jets are committed to growing the game of football, they created an outreach program designed to provide opportunities for communities to play the game itself. The Jets annually host a 7 on 7 tournament with over 45 teams from everywhere in New York. They have contributed over $1 million in support to New York City high school football and each year the Jets provide more than 10,000 athletes to play flag football at no cost. In addition to this, the Jets donate 4,000 tickets to local youth football programs.
Jets Tackle Bullying:
This program tackles all forms of bullying by raising awareness, providing tools for educators, and preventing bullying for kids and teens. Beth page Federal Credit Union collaborated with STOMP Out Bullying to help the Jets host educator symposiums and conduct school visits. So far, the Jets have donated over 1,750 STOMP Out Bullying educator tool kits to schools and in addition to this, the Jets have provided more than 27,000 tickets to schools.
Every year the Jets host a 46-team high school 11-ON tournament that is presented by Nike. In June, the event occurs for three days at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and has a traditional 7on7 tournament along with a lineman challenge. It is free of charge and participants receive a complimentary pair of Jets branded sports and 11-ON shirts
Through funding provided by the Jets Foundation and partnerships with New York City Athletic League and New York City Parks and Rec, the Jets create flag football opportunities for children ages 5-18 and over 3,000 youth can play flag football at no cost. The Jets PLAY 60 Flag Football Program encompasses 6th students from six MorrisCounty Schools and each top team compete in tournament hosted at the Jets practice facility.
Varsity girls Flag Football:
The Jets provide $50,000 each year to support the Girls Varsity Flag Football League. The league was created in 2011 by the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) and Jets and started off with only 19 teams, but now has almost 60 schools participating. The team’s scrimmage on the Jets practice field.
Public Schools Athletic League:
In 2001, the Jets formed a community partnership with Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL). They did this to provide support to New York City public school football programs and have now donated $100,000 to PSAL football programs. Beyond this, the Jets support the PSAL in a variety of other ways including honoring the PSAL football champions at a home game.
Coach of the Week:
The Jets and Gatorade for ten weeks present the High School Coach of the Week award to a coach in the tri-state area, and all winners are honored on-filed during a Jets home game. The Jets award each winner with a $2000 check for their high school’s football program. In addition to this, a Coach of the Year is selected at the end of the high school season and awarded $4,000.
High School Football Media Day:
In September 2020, the Jets and Nike teamed up with the North Jersey Super Football Conference (NJSFC) to host the 5th annual NJSFC Media Day. It was held virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 75 schools and more than 450 players and coaches attended. The players had media training and learned how to make themselves recruitable.
Jets HS Friday Night Lights:
In 2019, the Jets took over a local high school football game and they elevated the game presentation by providing: performances, relay races, competitions, announcers, attendees, and other activations. The Jets intend to continue this series.
MyCause My Cleats:
Jets players wear custom footwear to raise awareness for charities/organizations that are significant to each player.
New York Jets Foundation:
The Jets Foundation provides funds to promote fitness, support in youth football, launch football teams at urban high schools, provide new football helmets for local high school teams, and more. The foundation supports programs is designed to promote youth education, fitness, and health with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities.
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