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Jets Kick Off Season-Long Sports Equipment Drive

Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife, and the Foundation for Life to Provide 50 Underserved Children with New Bikes and Helmets at Jaguars Game

Fans Can Donate Equipment to Benefit Youth Served by Up2Us

On August 17th, fifty underserved children will enjoy more than a football game when they attend the New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars contest at MetLife Stadium. The Jets, in conjunction with A-1 First Class Moving and Storage, are launching the team's season-long Play60 Sports Equipment Drive to benefit Up2Us.  Prior to the game, 50 children aged six to seventeen will receive new bikes and helmets from Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife, and the Foundation for Life as part of Barnum's "Bikes for Kids" program. Fans are also encouraged to bring new or gently used sporting equipment to benefit Up2Us affiliated youth sports programs that will be collected between the Pepsi and MetLife Gates upon entering the stadium.

"Bikes for Kids" is an annual program* *hosted by the Foundation for Life, Inc. that provides more than 400 children each year a new bicycle and helmet. Since its inception, Barnum Financial Group and the Foundation for Life have given away more than 1,500 bikes throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. 

As part of Jets Play60, at every home game during the 2013 season the Jets will collect new and gently used sports equipment to benefit Up2Us programs. Up2Us is a nonprofit organization using sports to solve the obesity, youth violence, and educational challenges facing America's youth today.

WHO:  New York Jets & Up2Us along with A-1 First Class Moving and Storage, Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife, and Foundation for Life, Inc.

WHAT: Jets Play60 Sports Equipment Drive Benefiting Youth Served by Up2Us and "Bikes for Kids"

WHERE: Between Pepsi & MetLife Gates at MetLife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ                                

WHEN: August 17, 2013, 6:00pm (donations, however will be accepted when gates open at 5:30pm)

WHY: To benefit 50 underserved children as identified through Up2Us affiliated youth sports programs and the Foundation for Life, Inc.

New and Gently Used Sports Equipment Needs (for ages 5-18).  Acceptable donations include:


-Soccer balls & goals

-Baseball & softball gloves



-Baseball & softball bats

-Water coolers

-Agility training equipment:

      -Agility ladders

      -Hitting pads

      -Blocking sleds

      -Agility balls

      -Training shoes


-Free weights

  • Cold weather clothing:

      -Fleece sweatshirts


-Jump ropes

-Disk cones & 6" cones

-Spandex shirts/leggings

About the Organizations:

Jets Play60

Designed to tackle childhood obesity, Jets Play60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations— Action for Healthy Kids, Ad Council, American Heart Association, National Dairy Council, Cartoon Network, United Way, The Cooper Institute, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Jets Play60: The NFL Movement for an Active Generation focuses on the health and wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. In addition to national PSAs and online programs, Play60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs, from youth football to the Play60 Challenge. The Play60 Challenge is an in school curriculum created by the National Football League and the American Heart Association. Defensive back Kyle Wilson serves as the spokesperson

About Up2Us

Established in 2009, Up2Us is leading a national movement to advance sports as a solution to the critical challenges facing today's youth, including childhood obesity, academic failure, and youth violence. Up2Us accomplishes its mission by uniting more than 650 sports programs that provide life-skills development to this nation's most vulnerable youth.  In 2010, Up2Us launched Coach Across America (CAA) to provide its member organizations with well-trained, highly-effective coaches. CAA is the first national program that challenges young adults to give back to their communities through a year of service as coach-mentors.  This year, CAA is placing more than 400 coach-mentors nationwide, reaching 50,000 children.  Up2Us is supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nike Inc., the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Barnum Financial Group

With integrity and high standards of excellence, Barnum Financial Group (BFG) enriches lives by providing quality financial advice, education and customized solutions that meet the unique needs of their individual, family and business clientele. BFG is headquartered in Shelton, CT, and has over 30 additional offices throughout CT, NY, NJ, RI, & MA with over 300 financial services representatives available to service those markets. 

As a client of BFG, you have access to a full line of insurance and investment products from many well-known financial companies. The Financial Services Representatives of BFG work closely with a team of resources, both internally and externally, to ensure clients receive the most extensive comprehensive financial services available. By empowering people with the knowledge to make informed financial decisions, Barnum Financial Group makes life a little easier one family at a time.

Foundation for Life, Inc.

The Foundation for Life is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 by Paul (Managing Director) and Mindee Blanco (Agency Director) at Barnum Financial Group. The mission of the Foundation for Life is to improve the quality of life for the people and families we serve through actions that promote change and deepen connections within our community.

Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation for Life has supported hundreds of organizations throughout the Northeast which are working to better the lives of those in need throughout the community.

The Foundation for Life is not affiliated with MetLife or any MetLife affiliate.

A-1 First Class Moving and Storage

A-1 First Class Moving and Storage, an agent for Atlas Van Lines specializes in moving families and offices around the block and around the globe.  For over 65 years, A-1 First Class Moving has handled relocations, packing and storage throughout the New York and New Jersey area. We believe we have a personal responsibility to make people's lives easier during the relocation process. Our mission is to be a great mover, a great employer, and a great friend. For your next business or personal move contact us at

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