The New York Jets, STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union announced today that 12th grader John P. of Saunders High School in Yonkers, NY, 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 that is an Upstander. The Jets will highlight one Upstander a week across their social media platforms and on the video boards during home games.
"Despite the many difficulties John faces daily, he has proven time and time again that he is an exceptional learner, friend and helper," said Saunders Assistant Principal, Angelo Petrino. "If you ask any adult that knows John, I am sure they would consider him to be a role model. He faces his fears everyday as he must encounter transitions, loss of friends who have graduated, loss of family members who have passed, and navigating new environments. John has never complained or backed away from his responsibilities at school. He has taught his teachers and peers the true meaning of bravery, kindness, and friendship."
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.