NFL Announces $1 Million Super Bowl Legacy Grant

Super Bowl leaves an impact long after the game has come and gone. As it does every year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city with a financial donation. This year, the NFL Foundation provided a $1 million grant to the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation to fund charitable projects throughout New York and New Jersey to provide children with places to be active and healthy.  This grant was matched by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee for a total of $2 million.

 

The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation is a 501c3 created by the NY/NJ Host Committee to carry out the Super Bowl XLVIII charitable legacy work of the NFL Foundation and the local Host Committee. 

 

Representatives from the NFL, NY\NJ Host Committee, New York Giants and New York Jets will join government leaders this week to recognize the recipients of this year’s Super Bowl Legacy Grants, beginning today. This afternoon, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President & CEO Alfred f. Kelly, jr., New York Jets’ owner WOODY JOHNSON, New York Giants’ treasurer JONATHAN TISCH, Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation, and former New York Jets’ player BRANDON MOORE will celebrate major renovations at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark (BGCN) Central Ward Clubhouse. The Club is a full-service community center that offers educational programs and athletic activities for local youth. Through the Super Bowl Legacy Grant, the Club was able to renovate its gymnasium and welcome area. 

 

This Thursday, Goodell, Kelly, Jr., Johnson and Tisch will unveil a new football field at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Super Bowl Legacy Grant provided funding for resurfacing of the field, including replacing all turf, goal posts and soccer goals. The field will be used by students as well as the surrounding community. At the event, the school’s football team will take part in a Heads Up Football clinic. Heads Up Football was launched in April 2013 by USA Football with the NFL’s support. Now adopted by more than 2,800 youth leagues across the country, the initiative includes a focus on education and certification, equipment fitting, concussion recognition and awareness, heat and hydration and Heads Up Tackling.

 

The NFL Foundation annually donates $1 million toward Super Bowl legacy programs and is matched by local private and public donations. A list of all projects being funded in part by the NFL Foundation’s grant is below. For more information on community events during Super Bowl week, visit www.superbowl.com.

 

New Jersey Projects

Project

Location

Description

Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken

Hoboken, NJ

The gymnasium floor and school bus that transported area youth to the Club were completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.  This project replaced both the floor and the school bus.

Boys and Girls Club of Newark

Central Ward, Newark, NJ  

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark Central Ward Clubhouse, built in 1971, functions as a full-service community center,

 

The Super Bowl Legacy (SBL) grant funded capital needs – including the renovation of the welcome area, games room, visual arts room, technology center, dance & fitness studio, instructional kitchen & garden, gymnasium, and aquatics center. 

 

Caven Point Field 

 

Jersey City, NJ

This popular football and multi-use field is n use 10 months out of the year and is home to Jersey City Recreation, Jersey City Soccer Association and several middle and high school athletic programs. 

 

The SBL grant will help provide high efficiency lights in order for increased usage for practices and night games. 

 

Highlands Recreation Center

Highlands, NJ

This community center once provided a variety of recreational and social education programs for Highlands, NJ residents but has not been operational since Superstorm Sandy. 

 

The SBL grant will help provide funding that will allow the center to re-open. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is also providing grant support to this project.

 

The Sandy Ground Playground Build - Belmar Elementary School

Belmar, NJ

In an effort to respond to Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 26 playgrounds are being built to honor the teachers and children who lost their lives at the school while simultaneously rebuilding and restoring communities along the coast of NY, NJ and CT impacted by the storm.

 

The SBL grant funded the construction of a playground built in in memory of Avielle Richman who was just six years old at the time she was killed. Family and friends say she had a “spitfire personality and a love of laughter.”

 

Rahway Community Action Center

Rahway, NJ

The Rahway Community Action Center’s large multi-purpose play room was ruined by leaks and damage during Superstorm Sandy.

 

The SBL Grant will fund removal of carpeting and the installation of child-friendly flooring.  Damaged ceiling tiles and special equipment damaged in the storm will also be replaced. 

 

Sayreville Leprechauns Heads Up Football League -  Youth Football Equipment Donation             

Sayreville, NJ

The Sayreville Leprechauns are a local Heads Up Football league from New Jersey that lost equipment due to Superstorm Sandy. 

 

The SBL grant replaced lost helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields and tackling dummies.

 

TEAM Charter Schools

Newark, NJ

TEAM Charter Schools is building a synthetic turf football field at one of its middle schools – Rise Academy.  The SBL grant will support the construction of this field, which will support football and other sports/athletic offerings for TEAM students and other community partners. Since 2002, TEAM has grown to serve more than 1,800 students.  

 

YCS George Washington School - Multi-Purpose Gym

Hackensack, NJ

The YCS Holley Childcare and Development Center in Hackensack, NJ serves as home for 65 children who have been removed from unsafe situations, many of whom are the victims of abuse and neglect. Many children at the Holley Center suffer from learning disabilities and receive special education at the YCS George Washington School. 

 

Superstorm Sandy ravaged the school and the adjacent multipurpose gymnasium.  The SBL grant – rebuilt the gym, which also serves as a cafeteria, auditorium, music room, art room, group activity classroom, and after-school.

 

 

New York Projects

Project

Location

Description

Broad Channel Athletic Club Shamrocks Heads Up Football League - Youth Football Equipment Donation

Broad Channel, Queens

The BCAC Shamrocks are a local Heads Up Football league from that lost all of their equipment due to Superstorm Sandy. 

 

The SBL grant replaced the league’s lost helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields, tackling dummies, game pants, practice apparel and field items.

 

Boys and Girls High School

Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation resurfaced the football field at the high school. The SBL grant helped fund this project, and the new field will serve Boys and Girls High School students as well community groups. 

 

Boys and Girls High School is the oldest public high school in Brooklyn. Between 70% and 99% of its students live below the poverty line.

 

Educational Alliance - Boys & Girls Club

Lower East Side, Manhattan

The SBL Grant will help fund the excavation and resurfacing of a high-volume, multiuse outdoor play area, which also needs new courts, fencing, bleachers, benches, and tables.  The grant will also fund the resurfacing and painting of the indoor gym. 

 

Hammel Community Center

Rockaway Beach, Queens

The SBL grant will fund replacement of the gymnasium floor, scoreboard and gym mats, as well as new glass walls and safety padding. 

 

The gymnasium serves as a focal point of the Center, which serves several housing areas, and was knocked out of use by Superstorm Sandy. 

 

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club

Kips Bay, Bronx 

This Boys and Girls Club and its Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse has 9,042 registered members with a daily average attendance of 750 boys and girls.  The Club is home to a vibrant and successful youth football program.

 

The SBL grant will fund restoration of the clubhouse football field, which is in serious need of an upgrade. 

 

Mahoney Playground

New Brighton, Staten Island

Mahoney Playground is located in the heavily populated New Brighton neighborhood and suffered significant damage from Superstorm Sandy.

 

The SBL grant funded repairs including replacement of the safety surface, repaving of asphalt, and the purchase of three new swing sets.

 

The Sandy Ground Playground Build – Breezy Point

Roxbury, Queens

In an effort to respond to Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 26 playgrounds are being built to honor the teachers and children who lost their lives at the school, while simultaneously rebuilding and restoring communities along the coast of NY, NJ and CT. 

 

The SBL grant funded the construction of a playground built in memory of Mary Sherlach.

 

Mary was the psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who put herself in harm’s way to allow other students and teachers an opportunity to escape the shooting. 

 

Connecticut Project

Project

Location

Description

The Sandy Ground  Playground Build – Seaside Park

Bridgeport, CT

In an effort to respond to Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 26 playgrounds are being built to honor the teachers and children who lost their lives at the school while simultaneously rebuilding and restoring communities along the coast of NY, NJ and CT impacted by the storm. 

 

The SBL grant funded the construction of a playground built in memory of Josephine Gay, an avid Baltimore Ravens fan - December 11th would have been Josephine’s 8th birthday.

 

 

About the NFL Foundation

The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: http://www.NFLFoundation.org.

 

About the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation

The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation is a newly formed charity headquartered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.  Created as an initiative of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the Foundation will harness the excitement of the Super Bowl XLVIII to raise critical funds to renovate and transform after-school facilities in the NY/NJ area that provide school-age boys and girls with safe and supervised recreational, educational, and character-building activities.  More information can be found at http://www.snowflakeyouthfoundation.org

 

About the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee

The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee is the entity created by the owners of the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets to raise the necessary funds and partner with the NFL to plan and stage Super Bowl XLVIII and all of its associated events. The Host Committee also works closely with area business leaders and public officials to coordinate key logistics and maximize the game’s positive economic impact for the region. Additionally, in an effort to give back to the surrounding region, the Host Committee supports an active roster of charitable initiatives, largely conducted through the work of the Snowflake Youth Foundation, including the rehabilitation of after-school centers, support for the Super Community Blood Drives, and various environmental works.

 

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Al Kelly oversees all host activities leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be history’s first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVIII will be held on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium, the home of both the Giants and Jets.