New York Jets players unveiled an outdoor PLAY 60 multi-purpose game court and played flag football with 30 children from Smalley School as part of the NFL’s 18th annual Hometown Huddle on Tuesday, an NFL-wide day of service with United Ways across the nation.
In partnership with United Way of Northern New Jersey, the New York Jets, NRG and NFL Foundation have contributed $75,000 to install similar courts at four schools for elementary and middle school students within the K-12 Bound Brook School District. In addition, Hollister Construction Services donated manpower to help install the courts. The specialized surfaces are safer alternatives to asphalt and are designed to be used for multiple sports.
Bound Brook was chosen this year because United Way is working with the school district on a variety of measures to improve the culture and climate at all its schools. As part of that work, all students will learn positive coping skills for dealing with stress and anxiety. This project supports that effort by providing students with opportunities to develop an appreciation for the lifelong benefits of exercise.
Two dozen Jets players came out to help the students from Smalley get the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise by playing flag football together. The Jets players who participated included Robby Anderson, Braedon Bowman, Juston Burris, Lachlan Edwards, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Bryson Keeton, Darron Lee, Jalin Marshall, Doug Middleton, Victor Ochi, Charone Peake, Troymaine Pope, Brandon Shell and Brandon Wilds.