Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, NFL, and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee Announce City-Wide Charitable Projects for Super Bowl XLVIII
Projects to benefit sites in each of the five boroughs and include gym restoration, playground creation, and football field development
NEW YORK – October 10, 2013 – The National Football League and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee were joined by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today to announce a series of charitable initiatives connected to Super Bowl XLVIII, to be completed by the Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation.
The announcement, which was made at New York City Hall, unveiled plans to revitalize a number of venues throughout the five boroughs, many of which serve the city youth, and suffered major damage in fall 2012 as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
More than $1 million dollars, jointly contributed by the NFL Foundation and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, will be dedicated to the following projects in coordination with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City: playground renovation at Mahoney Playground (Staten Island), new football field at Boys and Girls High School (Brooklyn), new gym at Hammel Community Center (Rockaway Beach), new football field at Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club (Bronx), renovation of gym and teen center at Educational Alliance Boys and Girls Club (Manhattan) and new playground at The Sandy Ground (Rockaway). The Mayor’s Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovative public-private partnerships.
Mayor Bloomberg was joined at the announcement by: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and Owner of the New York Jets Robert Wood Johnson IV; Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and Co-Owner of the New York Football Giants Jonathan Tisch; and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Al Kelly.
“New York City is thrilled to be co-hosting the Super Bowl this year not only because of the excitement and economic activity it will generate, but also because of the NFL’s commitment to giving back,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “With projects like a playground renovation in Staten Island and a new football field in the Bronx, the NFL Foundation and the Host Committee promise to leave a lasting impact and provide more opportunities for young New Yorkers to get out and play.”
“We know that Super Bowl XLVIII will thrill the thousands of fans watching in MetLife Stadium, but we want to ensure that the game impacts many more people in the surrounding communities,” said Goodell. “We are proud that these revitalization projects will create a lasting legacy for families throughout the five boroughs long after the final whistle on Super Bowl Sunday.”
“Our contributions will ensure that the Super Bowl will have a lasting impact and improve the day-to-day lives of many New Yorkers and residents of the tri-state area,” said Johnson. “Giving back to our communities is integral to what the NFL and its greatest game are all about and we are proud to provide support that will continue long after the game has ended.”
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