We create impactful programing that leaves lasting legacies for our community. Initiatives funded by the New York Jets Foundation positively influence the lives of young people in the tri-state area and provide opportunity for disadvantaged communities.
The Jets host a 48-team high school Nike 11-ON football tournament fueled by Gatorade. The event occurs at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and is comprised of both a traditional 7v7 tournament, as well as a linemen challenge. The tournament is free of charge to all schools and participants receive a complimentary pair of Jets branded shorts and 11-ON shirts, courtesy of the Jets and Nike. The 7v7 and linemen challenge champions are invited to Jets home game and honored on-field prior to kickoff. Information for the 11-ON Tournament is made available in early spring. If interested in participating, please email email@example.com.
The Jets create thousands of flag football opportunities for children ages 5-18 to enjoy America's favorite sport. Each year the Jets support 13 regional flag football champions in their journey to play for the NFL FLAG National Championship at the Pro Bowl Games. Teams receive grants for travel, tickets to a Jets game where they are recognized on the video board, swag bags, a recognition dinner at Pro Bowl and the opportunity to practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center prior to the National Championships. Through partnerships with the New York City Police Athletic League, New York City Parks and Recreation, NYC DOE's CHAMPS Sports and Fitness Program and Boys & Girls Clubs over 5,000 youth can play flag football at little to no cost.
In spring 2023, the New York Jets and Nike expanded the High School Girls Flag Football League to over 100 schools throughout NJ, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. This league is supported by both Gatorade and Visa, who help elevate the experience for all participants. Since 2021, the Jets have provided grants, flag equipment and uniforms to participating schools. The Jets have hosted coaching clinics, official trainings, jamborees, Gatorade flag series and championship games at MetLife Stadium and the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Each week during the flag season, Gatorade honors a Girls Flag Player of the Week, while Visa recognizes a Game Changer Coach of the Week – both awards commemorate the efforts of players and coaches for their impact on the flag football community. The long-term goal is for high school girls flag football to be recognized as a championship sport throughout the tri-state area. In spring 2024, flag football will be recognized as a championship sport in NY - with NJ and CT on the horizon.
For 14 weeks during the high school football season, the Jets and Gatorade will honor a player of the week. The player will receive a $1,000 donation from the Jets and Gatorade in their name to support their high school football program. The player of the week will be announced on the Jets High School Football Hour with Mike Quick and Matt Simms fueled by Gatorade on 98.7 ESPN. The player will be recognized throughout the Jets social media platforms and in-stadium during Jets home games.
In 2001, the New York Jets formed a community partnership with the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) to provide support to New York City public school football programs. Through an annual matching grant from the NFL Foundation, the New York Jets now donate $100,000 to PSAL football programs. The funding offsets the cost of reconditioning every student-athletes' helmet and has helped to create 15 new and developmental football teams. Beyond these grants, the Jets support the PSAL in a variety of other ways including honoring the PSAL football champions at a home game during the NFL season.
For 10 weeks during the football season, the Jets will announce a High School Coach of the Week for a coach in the tri-state area. This coach serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve, and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes. Each week the winner is awarded a $1,000 grant for their high school's football program. In addition to the weekly award, a Coach of the Year is selected at the end of the high school season and awarded $2,000. All winners are honored on-field during a Jets regular season home game.
For 14 weeks this fall, high school football expert Mike Quick and former Jets quarterback Matt Simms will host the Jets High School Football Hour fueled by Gatorade on 98.7 ESPN. The 1-hour show will air on Saturday's at 8 a.m. beginning September 4th. Each week, Mike and Matt will recap key matchups, preview big games, and announce the Gatorade High School Player of the Week. The player's high school will receive a $1,000 grant from Gatorade to improve their football program.
In August, as part of Play Football Month, The Jets, Nike, and North Jersey Super Football Conference hosted the sixth Annual Media Day at MetLife Stadium for the 112-team league. 320 high school players and coaches attended the event where they were made available to local high school football media outlets. As part of media the players participated in a Media Training, Sportsmanship and Q&A with Jets Legends Tony Richardson and Leger Douzable along with Jets Director of Communications Meghan Gilmore.
Through collaboration we can create change. The New York Jets have a powerful platform to condemn racial injustices in America and we will use it. Simply put, Black lives matter. The opportunity to create a better, united community in this country cannot be lost. We encourage all to join us as we take a stance against these societal inequities.
Our work towards making a positive impact in the community begins with reducing barriers of opportunity. We will continue to support and add programming to work through the issues of poverty, race equality, inclusion and diversity, criminal justice reform, police-community relations, and access to health care and education, with the objective of uniting our community.
The Jets Tackle Bullying program is a collaboration with STOMP Out Bullying to tackle all forms of bullying by raising awareness, providing tools for educators and preventing bullying for kids and teens. The Jets have made available a team branded STOMP Out Bullying Educator's Prevention Toolkit at no cost to schools in the tri-state area. This toolkit enables educators to create meaningful dialogue, educate students through proven Social Emotional Learning methods, adopt character building in schools and involve both students and faculty in working together to change school climate.
The New York Jets organization is deeply committed to supporting the Lupus Research Alliance, a voluntary health organization co-founded by Robert Wood Johnson IV - a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, and chairman of the New York Jets. The Lupus Research Alliance's mission is to improve treatments while advancing research toward a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus), a debilitating autoimmune disease. As the world's leading private funder of lupus research, the Lupus Research Alliance has supported the most promising lupus biomedical research leading to key discoveries that are improving diagnosis and treatment, while helping scientists find mechanisms that will ultimately, prevent and cure the disease. The organization has committed $245+ million to more than 560+ lupus research projects at the most prestigious universities, medical schools, and hospitals throughout the world. The Lupus Research Alliance believes that scientific research is the most powerful way we can improve the lives of people living with lupus today and over the long term. By pushing the limits of scientific exploration and shepherding new discoveries into potential treatments, we seize every opportunity that will help ease the burden of people living with this difficult disease. To accomplish this goal, the Board of Directors covers all administrative and fundraising costs of the organization, ensuring that 100% of all donations go directly to funding research programs to realize our vision of a world free of lupus.
Since 2001, the New York Jets continue to increase awareness of lupus and help raise much needed funding for research through the Walk with Us to Cure Lupus program, proceeds from the annual New York Jets Kickoff Luncheon, and other events in the tri-state area. To find a Walk near you, visit walk.lupusresearch.org or call toll free, (866) 925-5257. Together, no individual alone can find a cure, but together, ManyOne Can
The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are continuing their fight against pediatric cancer as part of the NFL and American Cancer Society's "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer" campaign. Each year The Jets recognize children who are undergoing or have completed treatment at the Valerie Center at Goryeb Children's Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, as virtual honorary captains. For more information on how to help the Jets and Atlantic Health System fight pediatric cancer please go to AtlanticHealth.org/Jets.
Located on the campus of Morristown Medical Center and part of Atlantic Health System Children's Health, Goryeb Children's Hospital is a nonprofit, state-designated "Children's Hospital" – an earned recognition from New Jersey and the national Children's Hospital Association. With more than 250 community pediatricians on staff and more than 100 board-certified pediatric specialists, we're northern New Jersey's leading specialized pediatric hospital and number one in the state for the treatment of pediatric cancer. To meet high demand, Goryeb Children's Hospital is currently expanding its pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and adding inpatient beds. These spacious private patient suites will feature the latest equipment and rooming-in accommodations for parents, as well as a dedicated pharmacy for improved safety and quality of care. Throughout the year Jets players visit patients at Goryeb Children's Hospital on the off days.
The Jets Women's Organization encompasses the many women who are affiliated with the team, including staff members, significant others of coaches, players and football personnel. These women are dedicated to giving back through varied efforts on a year-round basis. From being active volunteers in our tri-state community to creating career & mentoring opportunities, the JWO serves as a unique outlet for the women of the Jets to positively impact our workplace, our industry and our community.
The Jets and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) run a PLAY 60 Flag Football program for 12 local middle schools. This program gives 6th grade students from Northern New Jersey the opportunity to learn flag football and get 60 minutes of physical activity per day. The Jets and NJBPU provide Jets branded flag belts, Jets flag jerseys and footballs for schools to operate a flag football unit during their physical education class. As a culmination of the unit, each school competed in a series of flag football games, hosted at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Following the games, the Jets and NJBPU surprise two students from each school with tickets to a Jets home game. The 24 selected students will lead the Jets out of the tunnel prior to kickoff.
The Jets and United Way's Hometown Huddle is an annual day of service that provides the Jets rookie class the opportunity to participate in a community service project together. Each year, the Jets Hometown Huddle consists of building a Jets PLAY 60 fitness zone in an underserved community. Since 2008, the New York Jets have donated over $600,000 to build PLAY 60 Fitness Zones throughout New Jersey.
Salute to Service is the League's year-round effort to Honor, Empower and Connect with our nation's service members, veterans and their families. Salute to Service is highlighted in NFL games during Weeks 10 - 12 and in other special events around the League, as fans and the NFL's 32 clubs demonstrate their gratitude for the sacrifices of our heroes.
During our Salute to Service Week, the Jets and Soldiers to Sidelines will host thirty (30) veterans and active military members for a virtual coaching certification seminar. Over the course of six (6) days, they will learn the process of becoming a football coach. All participants will earn coaching certificates following the seminar. The Soldier Coaches will be armed with coaching knowledge and techniques along with connections to the athletic community. Soldiers to Sidelines is a non-profit organization who believes that our service members can have a meaningful and lasting impact on others through athletics.
New York Jets players will have the chance to showcase causes that are important to them as part of the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats campaign. Participating players will take the field during Week 13, wearing customized cleats that highlight their causes and organizations. In addition to wearing them on Sunday, many of the cleats will be auctioned off on NFL Auction to raise money for their respective causes. Organizations chosen in the past include Atlantic Health System's Goryeb Children's Hospital, STOMP: Out Bullying and National Down Syndrome Society.
The New York Jets offer fans numerous exclusive auction items throughout the year, ranging from game-worn items to VIP Gameday Experiences, Training Camp Experiences, private Quarterback Clinics and more. All proceeds from the auctions benefit the extensive work of the New York Jets Foundation.
Since 1973, United Way, the NFL and the New York Jets have had the most visible and longest-running charitable collaboration of its kind. Every year, thanks to community service projects, millions of Americans learn about United Way's vital work and the volunteer spirit of the NFL.
An innovative digital learning experience that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships and make good decisions during their critical middle school years.
The New York Jets implement Tix for Kids with the United Way of New York City. The charitable ticket distribution program was created to give season ticket holders an opportunity to donate their tickets to underprivileged children. This program allows numerous children to experience the excitement of the NFL first-hand as many of them have never attended a professional football game. United Way of New York City makes these donated tickets available to children and youth participating in their programs via community-based organizations throughout New York City, including Children's Aid Society, East Side House, Good Shepherd Services, Partnership with Children, Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation and many others. Log in to your My Jets Account at am.ticketmaster.com/nyjets. There is no charge for this service. Upon receipt of your ticket donation, United Way will issue a written letter of confirmation recognizing your charitable donation for tax purposes.
During each home game the New York Jets Foundation will host the Jets 50/50 Raffle. Fans are provided the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets with one lucky fan winning half of the raffle jackpot when the winning number is announced early in the 4th quarter. The remainder of the jackpot will benefit select charities as well as the Jets Foundation. More information about the Jets Foundation can be found here.