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Super Bowl Legacy grants help improve NY/NJ communities

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  • By National Football League
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Each year the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city by working with the local host committee to identify and fund projects that will enhance lives in the local area. The NFL Foundation annually donates $1 million toward Super Bowl legacy grant programs. Funds are then matched by local private and public donations.

To commemorate Super Bowl XLVIII and leave a lasting, positive impact on the surrounding area, the NFL Foundation provided a $1 million grant to the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee's Snowflake Youth Foundation that was matched by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. The joint donation funds charitable projects with a focus on revitalizing and rebuilding places for youth to be active and healthy, including in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Below is a list of the projects that the NFL Foundation, NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation, and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee are funding as part of the joint $2 million initiative.


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New Jersey Projects
Project Location Description
Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken Hoboken, NJ

The gymnasium floor and school bus that transported area youth to the Club were completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. This project replaced both the floor and the school bus.

Boys and Girls Club of Newark Central Ward, Newark, NJ

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark Central Ward Clubhouse, built in 1971, functions as a full-service community center.

The Super Bowl Legacy (SBL) grant funded capital needs -- including the renovation of the welcome area, games room, visual arts room, technology center, dance and fitness studio, instructional kitchen and garden, gymnasium, and aquatics center.

Caven Point Field Jersey City, NJ

This popular football and multi-use field is n use 10 months out of the year and is home to Jersey City Recreation, Jersey City Soccer Association and several middle and high school athletic programs.

The SBL grant will help provide high efficiency lights in order for increased usage for practices and night games.

Highlands Recreation Center Highlands, NJ

This community center once provided a variety of recreational and social education programs for Highlands, NJ residents but has not been operational since Superstorm Sandy.

The SBL grant will help provide funding that will allow the center to re-open. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is also providing grant support to this project.

The Sandy Ground Playground Build - Belmar Elementary School Belmar, NJ

In an effort to respond to Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 26 playgrounds are being built to honor the teachers and children who lost their lives at the school while simultaneously rebuilding and restoring communities along the coast of NY, NJ and CT impacted by the storm.

The SBL grant funded the construction of a playground built in in memory of Avielle Richman who was just six years old at the time she was killed. Family and friends say she had a "spitfire personality and a love of laughter."

Rahway Community Action Center Rahway, NJ

The Rahway Community Action Center's large multi-purpose play room was ruined by leaks and damage during Superstorm Sandy.

The SBL Grant will fund removal of carpeting and the installation of child-friendly flooring. Damaged ceiling tiles and special equipment damaged in the storm will also be replaced.

Sayreville Leprechauns Heads Up Football League - Youth Football Equipment Division Sayreville, NJ

The Sayreville Leprechauns are a local Heads Up Football league from New Jersey that lost equipment due to Superstorm Sandy.

The SBL grant replaced lost helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields and tackling dummies.

TEAM Charter Schools Newark, NJ

TEAM Charter Schools is building a synthetic turf football field at one of its middle schools, Rise Academy. The SBL grant will support the construction of this field, which will support football and other sports/athletic offerings for TEAM students and other community partners. Since 2002, TEAM has grown to serve more than 1,800 students.

YCS George Washington School - Multi-Purpose Gym Hackensack, NJ

The YCS Holley Childcare and Development Center in Hackensack, NJ serves as home for 65 children who have been removed from unsafe situations, many of whom are the victims of abuse and neglect. Many children at the Holley Center suffer from learning disabilities and receive special education at the YCS George Washington School.

Superstorm Sandy ravaged the school and the adjacent multipurpose gymnasium. The SBL grant rebuilt the gym, which also serves as a cafeteria, auditorium, music room, art room, group activity classroom, and after-school.


New York Projects
Project Location Description
Broad Channel Athletic Club Shamrocks Heads Up Football League - Youth Football Equipment Donation Broad Channel, Queens

The BCAC Shamrocks are a local Heads Up Football league from that lost all of their equipment due to Superstorm Sandy.

The SBL grant replaced the league's lost helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields, tackling dummies, game pants, practice apparel and field items.

Boys and Girls High School Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation resurfaced the football field at the high school. The SBL grant helped fund this project, and the new field will serve Boys and Girls High School students as well community groups.

Boys and Girls High School is the oldest public high school in Brooklyn. Between 70 and 99 percent of its students live below the poverty line.

Educational Alliance - Boys & Girls Club Lower East Side, Manhattan

The SBL Grant will help fund the excavation and resurfacing of a high-volume, multi-use outdoor play area, which also needs new courts, fencing, bleachers, benches, and tables. The grant will also fund the resurfacing and painting of the indoor gym.

Hammel Community Center Rockaway Beach, Queens

The SBL grant will fund replacement of the gymnasium floor, scoreboard and gym mats, as well as new glass walls and safety padding.

The gymnasium serves as a focal point of the Center, which serves several housing areas, and was knocked out of use by Superstorm Sandy.

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Kips Bay, Bronx

This Boys and Girls Club and its Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse has 9,042 registered members with a daily average attendance of 750 boys and girls. The Club is home to a vibrant and successful youth football program.

The SBL grant will fund restoration of the clubhouse football field, which is in serious need of an upgrade.

Mahoney Playground New Brighton, Staten Island

Mahoney Playground is located in the heavily populated New Brighton neighborhood and suffered significant damage from Superstorm Sandy.

The SBL grant funded repairs including replacement of the safety surface, repaving of asphalt, and the purchase of three new swing sets.

The Sandy Ground Playground Build - Breezy Point Roxbury, Queens

In an effort to respond to Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 26 playgrounds are being built to honor the teachers and children who lost their lives at the school, while simultaneously rebuilding and restoring communities along the coast of NY, NJ and CT.

The SBL grant funded the construction of a playground built in memory of Mary Sherlach.

Mary was the psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who put herself in harm's way to allow other students and teachers an opportunity to escape the shooting.

Connecticut Projects
Project Location Description
The Sandy Ground Playground Build - Seaside Park Bridgeport, CT

In an effort to respond to Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 26 playgrounds are being built to honor the teachers and children who lost their lives at the school while simultaneously rebuilding and restoring communities along the coast of NY, NJ and CT impacted by the storm.

The SBL grant funded the construction of a playground built in memory of Josephine Gay, an avid Baltimore Ravens fan. December 11th would have been Josephine's 8th birthday.

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