Jets Foundation Mission Statement
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 supporting youth football, preventing bullying, and promoting fitness, 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 Lupus Research Alliance, numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.
Annually, the Jets host a 46-team high school 11-ON football tournament presented by Nike. The event occurs at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center over three days in June and is comprised of both a traditional 7on7 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 7on7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coach of the Week
For 10 weeks during the football season, the Jets and Gatorade present the High School Coach of the Week award to 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 his community, his school and his student-athletes. Gatorade and the Jets award each winner with a $2,000 check 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 $4,000. All winners receive a Gatorade cooler cart from the Jets and Gatorade and are honored on-field during a Jets regular season home game.
The Jets fund and create thousands of flag football opportunities for children ages 5-18 to enjoy America's favorite sport. Through funding provided by the Jets Foundation, over 3,000 New York City youth can play flag football at no cost. The Jets PLAY 60 Flag Football Program encompasses 6th Grade students from six Morris County Schools where the Jets provided flag belts, jerseys and footballs to operate a flag football unit. The top teams from each program compete in a tournament hosted at the Jets practice facility.
Jets HS Friday Night Lights
In 2019, the New York Jets took over a local high school football game. The Jets elevated the school's game presentation by providing: Jets Flight Crew and DJ performances, operating relay races and competitions with the student body, Jets gameday PA announcer, JetsFest for attendees and many more activations. The Jets intend to continue this series and takeover another local high school football game in 2020.
Varsity Girls Flag Football
Each year the Jets provide $50,000 to support the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Girls Varsity Flag Football League. The league created in 2011 by the PSAL and Jets has grown form 19 teams to now almost 60 schools participating. In 2019, the Jets hosted four flag teams from the PSAL at a minicamp practice. Following the practice, a ceremonial check presentation was held, and the teams scrimmaged on the Jets practice field. In spring 2021, the New York Jets will pilot a varsity girls flag football league in conjunction with the North Jersey Super Football Conference.
The Jets Tackle Bullying program presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union 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 and Bethpage 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.
Walk with us to Cure Lupus
The New York Jets organization is deeply committed to supporting the Lupus Research Alliance, a national voluntary health organization co-founded by Robert Wood Johnson IV -a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, and owner 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.
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, we will find a cure!
The New York Jets organization has been proud to partner with Atlantic Health since 2008 on all Crucial Catch related initiatives. Throughout the past 11 seasons, the Jets have recognized countless doctors, nurses, and patients at the October Crucial Catch game.
Goryeb Children's Hospital
Located on the campus of Morristown Medical Center and part of Atlantic Health System Children's Health, Goryeb Children's Hospital is a state- designated "Children's Hospital" - an earned recognition from New Jersey and the national Children's Hospital Association. Since 2008, New York Jets players have visited patients at Goryeb Children's hospital once a month during their off days.
Atlantic Health Jets Women's Organization
In 2008, the Jets Women's Organization and Atlantic Health partnered to form the Atlantic Health Jets Women's Organization (AHJWO). Through this partnership, the AHJWO can accomplish its mission of working together to build goodwill in the tri-state community through active volunteer participation. Comprised of significant others of players, coaches, and football staff, the Jets Community Relations Department oversees the organization. The AHJWO serves as a unique and positive outlet in the community on behalf of the New York Jets and seeks to team up with select charities to assist in maximizing the impact of their events. The work of the AHJWO would not be possible without the partnership with Atlantic Health.
Eat Right Move More
Launched in 2006, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Jets PLAY 60 Eat Right, Move More Program in partnership with the American Dairy' Association Northeast (ADANE) encourages New Jersey school children to take advantage of healthy foods in their school cafeterias and become more active through grant incentives and Jets player visits. The campaign encourages schools to challenge their students to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day and invites schools to submit their most creative cafeteria meal menus to determine which New Jersey schools each year go above and beyond state and federal guidelines. Annually, the Jets and ADANE provide $30,000 to schools, which can be used for cafeteria infrastructure improvements and physical education equipment. One grand champion school receives a $20,000 grant as well as a visit from a Jets player or Legend. Two division champion schools each receive a $5, 000 grant.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Through the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program, the New York Jets and American Dairy Association Northeast are offering two $5,000 Hometown Grants to eligible schools in Nassau County and Suffolk County that best showcase how their students stay active for 60 minutes per day, as well as provide increased access to school breakfast and ensure their students are fueled to learn. Grants will be awarded to one school in each county to help facilitate sustainable physical activity and eating improvements. Schools not already enrolled in the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program can enroll at wwww.fueluptoplay60.com. and email Kristina Moher at KMoher@milk4u.org for the online grant application.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and National Football League, with additional support from the US Department of Agriculture. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Proper nutrition and consistent physical activity are both necessities for maintaining a healthy child.
The Jets and United Way's Hometown Huddle presented by NRG 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
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.
First Responders Night
The New York Jets recognize and celebrate First Responders at a selected regular season home game. Workers from local hospitals, fire departments and police stations are honored throughout the game and integrated into the game presentation.
Soldiers to Sidelines
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. They arm their Soldier Coaches with coaching knowledge and techniques along with connections to the athletic community.
My Cause My Cleats
During a specific during the season, the New York Jets players will wear special designed cleats to represent a charity of their choice. Organizations chosen in the past include Atlantic Health System's Goryeb Children's Hospital, STOMP: Out Bullying and National Down Syndrome Society. Select cleats will be listed on the Jets NFL Auction site with proceeds going to the selected charity.
Working with the Players Coalition, an independent 501(c)(3) entity, NFL teams and the league continue to support programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity. Inspire Change focuses on three priority areas:
- Education and economic advancement
- Police and community relations
- Criminal justice reform
Since April 2018, more than $25 million in grants have been awarded to social justice organizations as part of the NFL's Inspire Change initiative. This includes more than 500 grants awarded to current and former NFL players for nonprofits across the country.
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 and public service announcements, millions of Americans learn about United Way's vital work and the volunteer spirit of the NFL.
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Tix for Kids
The New York Jets implement Tix for Kids with the United Way of New York City. The charitable ticket distribution program was created in 501(c)(3) 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 presented by Florida Tech. 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.