The New York Jets are committed to growing the game of football, removing barriers of access and improving safety through a comprehensive outreach program designed to provide opportunities for underserved communities to play football. Annually we host a high school football 7 on 7 tournament with over 45 teams from the tri-state area. Since 2001, the Jets have supported New York City high school football with over $1 million of contributions, which have helped cover helmet reconditioning costs and launch a varsity girls flag football league. Each year, the Jets provide opportunities for more than 10,000 athletes to play flag football at no cost. Every season, the Jets donate 4,000 plus tickets to local youth football programs in conjunction with the NFL's Play Football Month.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and partnerships with New York City Police Athletic League and New York City Parks and Recreation, over 3,000 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.
In spring 2021, the New York Jets, Nike and the North Jersey Football Conference (NJSFC) collaborated to launch the first High School Girls Flag Football League in New Jersey. Eight high school from the NJSFC participated in the inaugural season, they received an $11,000 grant to cover all expenses, as well as equipment and apparel from the Jets and Nike. The NJSFC league will expand to at least 16 teams in spring 2022. In addition to the NJSFC league, we plan to begin a High School Girls Flag Football league in Sections VIII and XI on Long Island. The long-term goal of these programs is to have the sport recognized as an official championship sport in both New Jersey and New York.
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 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 their community, their school and their student-athletes. The Jets award each winner with a $1,000 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 $2,000. All winners are honored on-field during a Jets regular season home game.
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.
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.