The New York Jets, STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union announced today that ninth grader Alec G. of Point Pleasant Beach High School in New Jersey has been named this week's Jets Upstander of the Week.
Returning for 2017, the New York Jets will continue their anti-bullying school initiative called "Jets Upstander of the Week." For each of the 16 weeks during the season, the Jets will ask schools to submit a photo and description of a student who is an Upstander. The Jets will highlight one Upstander a week across their social media platforms and on the video boards during home games.
"This past week, Alec was observed playing pickleball with a student with special needs," said Point Pleasant Beach High School District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Christopher Wilson. "Alec, who is a good athlete, made sure that he played at a level where his opponent could compete. It seemed obvious that it was important to Alec that he help provide a fun experience for his classmate during this game."
Through the organization's collaboration with STOMP Out Bullying, along with support from Municipal Credit Union, the Jets have provided educator prevention toolkits to over 1,000 schools in the tri-state area at no cost, conducted their annual Jets Tackle Bullying Symposium, created awareness through a robust PSA campaign and annually host an anti-bullying awareness day at MetLife Stadium on game day. To help the Jets tackle bullying please go to www.nyjets.com/antibullying.