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Inspire Change Changemaker

This year, the Giants honored Daonese Johnson-Colón as the recipient of their 2023 Inspire Change Changemaker Award. The NFL's Changemaker Award recognizes individuals in every NFL team's market who are making a unique difference in one of Inspire Change's following focus areas: education, economic advancement, police-community relations, and criminal justice reform. Daonese Johnson-Colón has served as the faculty advisor of the New York Giants and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Touchdown Fellowship which started in 2019. Each school year, a group of fellows receives a scholarship to be used for tuition and fees, books and supplies, plus a paid internship at a leading criminal justice organization in the NYC area.

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope

In 1979, Wellington Mara founded the New York Metropolitan area Boys Hope Girls Hope to provide educational resources to children in need. All the children who attend this program live in low-income and at-risk communities and 100% of the graduates go on to Prep School or to colleges with financial support.

Bronx Community Foundation

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. Matt Peart, a Bronx native, has represented the organization on his cleats for My Cause My Cleats and just presented the organization with one of the New York Giants Inspire Change Grants.

Bronx Defenders

Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders works to transform how low-income people are represented in the justice system and transform the system itself. Matt Peart, a Bronx native, has represented the organization on his cleats for My Cause My Cleats and just presented the organization with one of the New York Giants Inspire Change Grants

Community Food Bank of NJ

Community Food Bank of NJ

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey fights hunger and poverty by distributing groceries, providing education and paving opportunities for low-income individuals to attain basic needs. During the 2022 season, OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux teamed up with Campbells for a soup donation and joined CFBNJ employees for a meal packing event. The Giants also had an employee meal packing event as part of the CFBNJ 24-hour pack-a-thon, which T Matt Peart joined alongside local high school football players.

Covenant House 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 Giants have partnered with Covenant House NJ for several years and work to support youth with fundraising, player engagement, experiences, and development opportunities.

United Way of NYC

United Way of NYC

For over two decades, The New York Giants and United Way have worked together to improve the communities throughout the Tri-State area. At the 2022 Gridiron Gala, RB Saquon Barkley was named the New York Giants' 'Hometown Hero' for his impact on the New York City community.

San Miguel Academy

San Miguel Academy

San Miguel Academy of Newburgh provides young men with an all-encompassing education to break the cycle of poverty and provide them with opportunities for their future. During the 2022 season, ILB Carter Coughlin and WR Collin Johnson visited the school to meet with students and educators and spend time with students. The Giants also surprised the school with a $25,000 Play 60 grant to support their nationally ranked crew team during an Oct. 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

New York City Police Foundation – Far Rockaway and Harlem Giants

New York City Police Foundation – Far Rockaway and Harlem Giants

The NYPD-led Far Rockaway and Harlem Giants youth programs provide mentorship, educational support and flag football programming to boys in the cities of Far Rockaway and Harlem. During the 2022 season, the rookie class visited Far Rockaway Giants schools to host a clinic. The team also hosted a Play 60 event and Thanksgiving meal giveaway in the city of Harlem with QB Daniel Jones, S Julian Love, WR Darius Slayton, OLB Oshane Ximines and OLB Elerson Smith in attendance. Both programs will receive a New York Giants Inspire Change Grant.

NYC Cops and Kids

NYC Cops and Kids

NYC Cops and Kids provides free boxing and fitness along with tutoring space for children ages 12-21 across NYC. The program was founded and operated by police officers to improve police-community relations. The New York Giants donated $40,000 to expand the program into Staten Island.

New City Kids

New City Kids

New City Kids – located in Paterson, NJ – offers after school programming for low-income youth by giving them the chance to explore music and academics in a creative and fun environment. Since 2021, Giants players have supported the organization by funding field trips for students, joining students for music class and sharing their experiences on their journey to the NFL. This program will receive a 2022 New York Giants Inspire Change Grant.

Food Bank for NYC

Food Bank for NYC

The Giants and Stop and Shop hosted their annual food drive to benefit the Food Bank for NYC. DL Leonard Williams led the event, and online shoppers were able to donate funds from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 The Giants and Stop & Shop also visited Castle Hill Housing in the Bronx for Thanksgiving where DL  Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, CB Adoree' Jackson, S Xavier McKinney and CB Darnay Holmes met with members of the community to distribute a variety of food items.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The New York Giants partnered with John Jay to create the Touchdown Fellowship in 2019. Each year, a group of fellows receives a scholarship to be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. The awardees also receive a paid internship opportunity at a leading criminal justice organization in the NYC area. This fellowship annually receives one of the New York Giants' Inspire Change Grants.

Community Food Bank of NJ

Community Food Bank of NJ

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey fights hunger and poverty by distributing groceries, providing education and paving opportunities for low-income individuals to attain basic needs. During the 2022 season, OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux teamed up with Campbells for a soup donation and joined CFBNJ employees for a meal packing event. The Giants also had an employee meal packing event as part of the CFBNJ 24-hour pack-a-thon, which T Matt Peart joined alongside local high school football players.

Children of Promise

Children of Promise

Children of Promise NYC is a community-centered organization that partners with children and families impacted by mass incarceration to dismantle the stigma and heal from the trauma plaguing Black and Brown communities. RB Saquon Barkley works directly with this organization to create relationships with the children  and provide resources and experiences. After every home game, Barkley hosts a group of children and meets them on the field pregame. Regardless of the game's outcome, Barkley spends time answering questions postgame, too.

Bronx Defenders

Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders aims to transform both the justice system itself and how low-income people are represented in that system. T Matt Peart, a Bronx native, has represented the organization on his cleats for 'My Cause My Cleats' and just presented the organization with one of the New York Giants Inspire Change Grants.

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