Community Events, Partners and Initiatives
Each season, the NY Giants play a special role in the community service events and fundraisers we host. From spreading awareness, to raising money, to giving thanks and to granting wishes, the tri-state area has fully gained our support in the community and we are happy to give back.
• Hometown Huddle
: Hometown Huddle is an NFL initiative where NFL players and coaches from each of the 32 teams simultaneously participate in various community service activities through local United Way partners. The New York Giants and United Way use the annual occasion to join hands with the NFL to work on community improvement projects that focus on volunteerism in the tri-state area. Past projects have included the creation of an after-school program, computer room and installation of a multi-purpose wood floor at Highbridge Recreation Center in Washington Heights, NY; the renovation of outdoor play facilities at MS198 in Far Rockaway, Queens, in partnership with the Amani Toomer Foundation; and the creation of a community center in Fairview, NJ with the United Way of Bergen County.
• Jingle Jam
: Each holiday season, the Giants host 750 local foster children at our training facilities for a holiday funfest. Giants players dressed as Santa give each child a new book bag, toy, winter coat and hat as well as an autograph and plenty of attention. Music, face painters, clowns and magicians make this event an annual favorite!
• Play 60 Challenge
: The Play 60 Challenge is an official NFL campaign geared towards encouraging kids of all ages to increase their daily physical activity. Known as "The NFL Movement for an Active Generation" this program, along with help from the American Heart Association, inspires children to get physically active for 60 minutes every day. With the hope of tackling childhood obesity through consistent in-school, after-school and team-based programs, the NY Giants hope to support the future generation of healthy and active stars.
• Punt, Pass & Kick
: Each year, the Giants organization hosts approximately 100 athletes for a Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition with the Special Olympics New Jersey at the stadium. The day is made complete with instruction from Giants players, lunch and plenty of prizes. Several lucky participants from the PPK competition are invited back for a regular season game where they compete with other regional PPK winners in front of over 80,000 Giants fans at MetLife Stadium.
• Snow Bowl
: Each year the Special Olympics New Jersey and the New York Football Giants team up to participate in the Annual Snow Bowl Flag Football Tournament. This official 6-on-6 flag football tournament with light-blocking is played over three days. Teams are allowed up to 15 players and all must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Field size is 20 yards x 40 yards with each team guaranteed three games on the field at MetLife Stadium. Food and locker rooms are provided for all players. A raffle is held each day to win signed New York Football Giants merchandise. All proceeds collected by the flag football teams benefit the Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and help foster the Special Olympics mission.
• Youth Football Camps
: Each summer, the New York Giants host upwards of 25 community-based, non-contact football camps for kids ages 6 to 14 years old. Find a camp near you in the tri-state area at www.NYGiantsCamps.com
or call 1-877-226-9919.
• Community FoodBank of NJ
: The Giants support the Community FoodBank of NJ which fights hunger and poverty by distributing food and groceries, providing education and training, and making new programs to help people with low incomes meet their basic needs.
• Eva’s Kitchen
: Eva's Kitchen serves a hot lunch to 350 people 365 days a year and all who come are fed. Guests dining at Eva's Kitchen are not made to stand in a "chow line," but are seated at tables and served with dignity and respect by volunteers. The Giants help volunteer by serving guests and making sure everyone has a good and hot meal to eat.
• Fitnessgram/Cooper Institute
: FitnessGram, released nationally in 1982 by The Cooper Institute and now in its 9th edition, was created to increase parental awareness of children’s fitness levels by developing a practical way for physical education teachers to report the results of physical fitness and physical activity assessments.
• Food Bank for NYC
: Each Thanksgiving, the Giants are happy to serve holiday meals, load fresh turkeys and lend a helping hand in order to benefit the Food Bank for New York City.
• Hackensack University Medical Center Touchdown Fund
: Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and the New York Football Giants have literally "teamed up" to form the Touchdown Fund: Score for Kids, Cardiac and Cancer. This exclusive charitable partnership, a first of its kind for the New York Giants, will raise funds for the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation.
• Make-A-Wish Foundation
: The Giants proudly support the efforts of the Make-a-Wish Foundation through granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Thanks to the compassion and generosity of Coach Coughlin, wishes are often carried out by hosting the wish-maker at practice, where he or she joins the team on the sidelines and is given the unenviable task of delivering the closing speech to prepare the team for the upcoming game. The child then rejoins the team on game day to enjoy what is hopefully a big victory.
• NY Presbyterian Organ Donation
: Through outreach, the Giants hope to publicize the importance of becoming an organ donor and recognize the enormous value of organ donation. Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is especially happy to support this cause and work with New York Presbyterian to promote organ donation.
• Rock & Wrap It Up!
: Rock and Wrap it Up!, a national, non-profit organization that collects all prepared but unserved food from stadiums and concerts for distribution to local shelters, helps to eliminate hunger and thereby reduce poverty. Collected food from Giants games is delivered to The Bowery Mission, a soup kitchen located in Manhattan. Through these donations, we are able to provide approximately 13,000 meals each year.
• United Way
: The United Way and the New York Giants team up each year to make a difference in our community by partnering together for the following occasions: Hometown Huddle, an annual hands-on volunteer project with players; the Gridiron Gala, a charitable event benefiting United Way youth programs; and Giants Touchdown for Teens, a charitable ticket distribution program.
• Wheelchair Sports Federation
: In 2006, the Giants started a wonderful relationship with the Wheelchair Football League. The Wheelchair Sports Federation is a national membership organization that enhances the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders. The Giants and the Wheelchair Sports Federation each agree that the benefits of sports participation and team play are no different between able-bodied athletes and those who are in wheelchairs.
• Wounded Warrior Project
: The New York Football Giants have had a long standing relationship with the armed forces, from the very beginning when Wellington Mara served in the Navy during World War II to our current day support and recognition of those who have defended our great nation. We consider it a privilege to be able to support the Wounded Warrior Project and their mission to honor and empower our country's wounded warriors. Since the inception of the WWP, the Giants have been strong supporters of their mission by providing opportunities for the injured service members. Whether it is setting up tickets to a game or inviting the recovering soldiers to come and speak to our players at practice, this relationship has been a mutually beneficial one.
• USA Football
: As the official youth partner of the NFL, the non-profit USA Football helps host forums and coaching schools at our facilities that promote safe play, awareness and fun.
• Back to Football
: At the kickoff of each season, the Giants make surprise visits to local schools, firehouses, senior centers and sponsor locations to get fans excited for the football season while also doing random acts of kindness. Players hand out gas cards at the gas station, bag food at the grocery story, work the cash registers at fast food restaurants and serve coffee in the morning. Players also surprise students at local schools, spend some time with the residents at local senior centers and eat lunch at local firehouses to say “thank you”. The Giants Back to Football Community Blitz is our biggest appearance for the entire year, with 12-15 of our players making surprise visits at almost 15 different locations!
• Blood Drive
: Each season, the Giants team up with the American Red Cross to coordinate a blood drive. Throughout the day, donors are able to mingle with former Giants players and have the chance to win autographed memorabilia.
• Breast Cancer Awareness Month
: Each season during the month of October, the Giants designate a home game to Breast Cancer Awareness. During this game, local women who have been affected by breast cancer are invited to participate in our pre game survivor salute. Also lending a hand that day are local chapters of ZTA sorority distributing pink Giants items. Proceeds from the sale of these items are donated to breast cancer research centers in the tri-state area.
• Coach of the Week/Coach of the Year
: Each week during the high school football season, the Giants select one area high school head coach as the Coach of the Week winner. The selection is based on the coach’s continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes and his overall community involvement. At the conclusion of the season, the Giants choose a Coach of the Year winner. Each Coach of the Week winner receives a $1,000 grant to be used toward their football program and the Coach of the Year winner receives a $2,000 grant to be used toward his football program. During the off-season, each winner is also invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants.
• Coat Drive
: For one game each season, fans are encouraged to bring their gently worn coats to any of the FedEx trucks and volunteers located at each stadium entrance. All coats collected during the drive will be donated to New York Cares, a non-profit organization that meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service. The coats will then be distributed to New York City residents in need of a warm coat during the winter months.
• Food Drive
: The New York Giants invite you to help support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for one upcoming game this season by bringing canned or non-perishable foods. FoodBank trucks and volunteers will be at each entrance to the stadium to collect donations.
• Hispanic Heritage Month
: Each year the New York Giants celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting an NFL Play 60 youth football clinic. Players speak to the students about Hispanic Heritage Month and the importance of celebrating their cultural traditions.
• Play 60
: The Play 60 Initiative is an NFL campaign geared towards encouraging kids of all ages to get physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. The Giants help support this initiative by visiting local schools and inspiring children to increase their daily physical activity.
• Read Across America
: Each year, the Giants are proud to participate in the National Education Association's (NEA) "Read Across America" program by visiting numerous schools in the greater Metropolitan area to promote the irreplaceable values of books and storytelling. The program is the largest one-day literacy celebration in the U.S., attracting upwards of 45 million participants in all 50 states.
• Touchdown for Tots
: Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the collection vehicles and volunteers located at each entrance to the stadium, as well as the off-site location, prior to one game during the upcoming season. Uniformed Marine Corps Reserves are on hand to assist in collecting these gifts. All gifts collected during the drive are donated to Toys for Tots, the premier community action program of the United States Marines.
• USA Football Month
: For one month during each NFL season, youth football is recognized. Local youth organizations come during the preseason to enjoy a game.