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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 are honored on-field during a Jets regular season home game.
In September 2020, the New York Jets and Nike teamed up with the North Jersey Super Football Conference (NJSFC) will team up to host the 5th annual, NJSFC Media Day. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the program was held virtually to ensure the safety for all involved. Over 75 schools and more than 450 players and coaches attended the Media Day. Players engaged in a Q&A Session with Jets WR and former NJSFC athlete Chris Hogan, participated in a media training and learned how to make themselves recruitable to colleges/universities. As a part of the media training, each head coach and a select player from participating schools was made available to field questions from local media outlets. All media availability sessions were moderated by prominent high school football voices and made available to the schools afterwards.
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.