Governor Christie, NFL, And NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee Announce Second Series of State-Wide Renovation Projects on the One-Year Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy
Projects to Benefit Sites Throughout New Jersey and include Gym Reconstruction,
Playground Restoration and Replacement of Football Equipment
MOONACHIE, N.J. – October 29, 2013 – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined the National Football League and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to announce the second series of capital improvement projects to be completed by the Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation.
The announcement, which was made at The Bergen Long Term Recovery Center, unveiled plans to revitalize additional venues throughout New Jersey, many of which serve youth around the state, and suffered major damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
Gov. Christie joined the NFL and the Host Committee earlier this spring at The Boys & Girls Club of Hoboken, which was the initial recipient of a donation from the NFL and Host Committee, to replace the club’s gym floor and school bus that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
More than $1 million dollars, jointly contributed by the NFL Foundation and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, has been dedicated to refurbishing projects throughout the state including the following additional recipients: Youth Consultation Services, to rebuild a school gymnasium in George Washington School; Sayreville Leprechauns, to replace football equipment lost in storm; The Sandy Playground (Ocean City), to build a playground through Where Angels Play Foundation in honor of the Sandy Hook tragedy; Rahway Community Action Center, to rebuild a multi-purpose center and playground area; and the Highlands Recreation Center, to rebuild an entire community center.
Gov. Christie 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 W. JOHNSON IV; and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President and CEO, ALFRED F. KELLY, JR.
In the Spring of 2013, the NFL Foundation and the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee announced a combined $2 million grant commitment, to be distributed by the Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation, to areas in need around New York and New Jersey. The focus is on revitalizing and rebuilding places for youth to be active and healthy, including in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. Capital improvement projects throughout the two states include field refurbishments, playground construction and equipment donations.
The NFL Foundation annually donates $1 million toward Super Bowl legacy programs and is matched by local private and public donations. Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on February 2, 2014.
About the NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: http://www.NFLFoundation.org.
About the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation
The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation is a newly formed charity headquartered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Created as an initiative of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the Foundation will harness the excitement of the Super Bowl XLVIII to raise critical funds to renovate and transform after-school facilities in the NY/NJ area that provide school-age boys and girls with safe and supervised recreational, educational, and character-building activities. More information can be found at http://www.snowflakeyouthfoundation.org
About the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee
The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee is the entity created by the owners of the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets to raise the necessary funds and partner with the NFL to plan and stage Super Bowl XLVIII and all of its associated events. The Host Committee also works closely with area business leaders and public officials to coordinate key logistics and maximize the game’s positive economic impact for the region. Additionally, in an effort to give back to the surrounding region, the Host Committee supports an active roster of charitable initiatives, largely conducted through the work of the Snowflake Youth Foundation, including the rehabilitation of after-school centers, support for the Super Community Blood Drives, and various environmental works.
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Al Kelly oversees all host activities leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be history’s first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVIII will be held on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium, the home of both the Giants and Jets.
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