Jets donate big to NYC flag football

*December 4, 2017 – The New York Jets and New York City Department of Education will announce details of a $100,000 donation to the CHAMPS flag football program along with in-kind support and coaching training from USA Football, GENYOUth & Fuel Up to PLAY 60. Through this annual contribution, the Jets will support 104 CHAMPS flag football programs reaching 3,500 students this academic year. Fuel Up to Play 60 and GENYOUth have also provided 200 NFL Flag-in-Schools kits for this year and hosted a flag football training for 150 physical education teachers led by a SHAPE America representative on November 11.

In September, the NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth, Fuel Up to Play 60 and their partners announced the expansion of the NFL FLAG-in-Schools Program, an initiative that increases physical activity among youth by supporting America’s physical education teachers with resources to help students build a foundation for healthy, lifelong physical activity through football. NFL FLAG-in-Schools Kits, which include footballs, flag belts, posters and a PE curriculum designed by SHAPE America and NFL FLAG for elementary and middle school students, allow for students to get active and learn the basics of football in a fun environment. This year, NFL FLAG Kits will be distributed to an additional 4,700 schools nationwide, reaching approximately 2.6 million new students. The expansion was made possible by a renewed commitment from the NFL Foundation, amounting to nearly $1.5 million.

Jets players Tom Hennessy, Jojo Natson and Deon Simon will present a check for $100,000 from the team to the New York City Department of Education to support the CHAMPS flag football program and engage in flag football activities with the students at I.S. in Staten Island.

The CHAMPS Sports and Fitness Program is an initiative of the New York City Department of Education that promotes student physical activity by engaging thousands of students each year in fun, safe, supervised sports and fitness activities before school, after school, and on weekends.

*Press release

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