Giants Inspire Change | New York Giants - Giants.com
The New York Giants players and coaches were tasked with addressing social injustice throughout the New York and New Jersey area through the Team of Teams initiative. After the 90-man roster was broken down into 9 teams of 10 players along with 3 coaches, each team was assigned one of the following cities to focus on; East Orange, Newark, Paterson, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and Westchester.
After each team discussed what social justice issue they were passionate about changing, they were paired with a local non-profit organization in their city to make an impact in the community. Throughout the season, each team gained a greater understanding of the city they represented while creating meaningful relationships with members throughout the community.
At the end of the season, each organization was awarded $20,000 to support the work they are doing in our community through the New York Giants Inspire Change grant.
Brooklyn, NY | Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York serves socio-economically disadvantaged youth throughout the New York City Metro area from 9th grade through college graduation. Their extensive college preparatory program aims to reduce the stressors that prevent and discourage underserved students from pursuing their education, all while empowering and supporting the scholar's efforts to graduate high school, excel and graduate from college. This team of players and coaches have virtually met with the scholars during their afterschool programming to discuss topics like mental wellness, academic support, leadership and goal setting. In addition, the team personally made contributions to provide resources to support the scholars academic success.
Bronx, NY | Bronx Community Foundation
The Bronx Community Foundation seeks to provide all Bronx residents with resources when it comes to their four pillars of community, equity & justice, economic security and health. They work directly with residents, community organizations and local officials to improve the quality of life in the Bronx. Throughout the 2021 season, the Bronx Yankees team met with different members of the organization to learn about the Bronx community, engaged with children in the community through different virtual events and made financial contributions to support Bronx families during the holidays.
Queens, NY | New York City Police Foundation - Far Rockaway Giants Youth Program
Far Rockaway has struggled tremendously with gang violence, making it arguably the most dangerous neighborhood in Queens. A group of NYPD officers came together to form the Far Rockaway Colts (FRC) based off the Watts Rams program that the LAPD started in 2018. The program provides at-risk youth with tutoring through their partnership with the Department of Education, mentorship from the officers and the opportunity to play flag football while being coached by the officers. Through their partnership with the Giants, the Far Rockaway program was able to keep their funding from the NYPD, our players and coaches virtually mentored the boys on a weekly basis and made financial contributions to provide resources to the families in the program. Through this partnership, the program has changed its named to the Far Rockaway Giants.
Manhattan, NY | New York City Police Foundation - Harlem Giants Youth Program
During the 2020 season, the Knicks team worked with the New York City Police Foundation to support the OPTIONS program. This program was established to help New York City youth build decision-making skills using virtual reality programs by employing an interactive, scenario-based curriculum to enhance emotional intelligence, develop de-escalation skills and strengthen situational awareness. After seeing the work of the Queens Mets team in Far Rockaway, the Manhattan team wanted to expand the Far Rockaway Giants program into Harlem. Throughout the 2021 season, the team has virtually met with the Far Rockaway NYPD officers and children to familiarize themselves with the program, engaged with the newly designated unit of NYPD officers for the Harlem Giants and made financial contributions to help start the program. The Harlem Giants will continue the Far Rockaway model to provide the children with free tutoring, mentorship and the opportunity to play flag football.
Paterson, NJ | New City Kids
New City Kids offers after school programming for local low-income youth by giving them the chance to explore music and academics in a creative and fun environment. Their goal is to develop children's skills, talents and dreams to help lay the foundation for their future. The Paterson Globetrotters team engaged with the children through Zoom to support programming and provided the children opportunities to enjoy different musical and academic experiences.
Newark, NJ | Covenant House NJ
Covenant House New Jersey, located in Newark, supports homeless youth through education, employment and financial literacy by providing life skills programs, leadership programs and opportunities to enroll in degree completion/academic programs. The Newark Red Bulls team worked with Covenant House NJ to help raise funds for youth residents during their Executive Sleepout and will be sponsoring a scholarship created by their personal contributions.
Staten Island, NY | Food Bank for NYC
The Food Bank for New York City has been working to end food poverty in our five boroughs for over 36 years. As the city's largest hunger-relief organization, they strive to help low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence. During the 2021 season, the Staten Island Rangers sponsored the Food Bank for NYC's BackPack program with their own contributions. This program helps children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need throughout the weekend. In total, the students receive 6 meals to cover 2 weekend days throughout the school year. The team was also inspired to recognize the hard-working teachers in Staten Island with a "Teacher of the Season" program that will honor one teacher per grade from PS 57 Hubert H. Humphrey Elementary School.
Westchester, NY | The STEM Alliance + Children's Village
The STEM Alliance is dedicated to enhancing STEM education and enrichment initiatives to ensures equal access to STEM learning opportunities for all children. Children's Village works in partnership with families to help society's most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. The Westchester Islanders have engaged with staff members and students during their after-school programs to emphasize the importance of education and utilizing the valuable resources that these organizations have to offer.
East Orange, NJ | City of East Orange
Our East Orange Devils team, led by East Orange Native Jabrill Peppers, partnered with the City of East Orange to support their public schools and families in need. This group of players and coaches engaged in virtual meetings with students, staff members and youth football players throughout the East Orange School District to emphasize the importance of education, staying active and creating healthy habits. Additionally, they personally contributed funds to support the Holiday Toy Caravan that took place in December.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice - John Jay College Touchdown Fellowship
The New York Giants are proud to partner with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to sponsor the New York Football Giants Fellowship program. The goal of this program is to enable fellows with the opportunity to discuss and understand the criminal justice reform movement, its policy challenges and excel as a leader in the field. The scholarship provides five (5) fellows with a $10,000 grant which covers their senior year tuition as well as an internship stipend in the criminal justice field to support and encourage tomorrow's leaders.