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2019 Community Relations Recap
A full recap of all the work the 2019 Giants did in the community
Jan 06, 2020

2019 Giants Community Relations Recap


  • Number of Season Ticket Holders / Number of tickets donated: 1,022 donors / 3,484 tickets (valued at $421,022)
  • Donation X in-kind donations: 4,026 in-kind donations
  • Total Giants / Foundation dollars donated: ~ $2.1 million
  • Number of events / individual player participation: 124 events / 419 individual player participation

United Way

The New York Giants and United Way work together to help improve the communities throughout the Tri-State area. Some of the projects that have been created through this partnership are Character Playbook, the Gridiron Gala, and the Touchdown for Teens Ticket Program.

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Character Playbook

The United Way of New York City, New York Giants and EVERFI team up each year to educate middle school students on how to create and maintain healthy relationships through Character Playbook, a digital learning platform that educates students on healthy relationships; understanding and managing emotions, communication, conflict resolution, decision-making, and stepping in. The program reached 2,895 students in 41 New York City schools last school year.

Gridiron Gala

For 25 years now, the United Way of New York City, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets have come together for the Gridiron Gala. The Gala is a celebration of the local impact of our partnership. To date, we have has raised more than $30 million in support of United Way of New York City's initiatives. These initiatives support education, health, and financial stability for New York City's children and their families. Safety, Michael Thomas was honored as one of the 2019 Hometown Heroes for his work in the community.

Touchdown for Teens

Since 2003, New York Giants season ticket holders have donated tickets to United Way for New York City for underprivileged children.

Play 60

Play 60

Play 60 is the NFL's national youth health and wellness campaign with the American Heart Association that encourages kids of all ages to enjoy active play for 60 minutes every day. Since 2007, the NFL has committed more than $352 million to improve youth health and fitness through Play 60 programming, grants and media time for public service announcements.

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Spring Play 60 Challenge

Each year, the Giants and American Heart Association select one local middle school to partner with for the Play 60 Challenge. This month-long focus on physical fitness includes four separate visits from Giants players and culminates with a financial contribution from The Giants Foundation towards a project that will improve the students' opportunities for physical fitness. Recent Play 60 Challenge Schools include:

  • 2019 - Lewis F. Cole Middle School, Fort Lee, NJ
  • 2018 - Garfield Middle School, Garfield, NJ
  • 2017 - Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Teaneck, NJ
  • 2016 – Norman Bleshman Regional Day School, Paramus, NJ
Play 60

In-Season School Visits

Each season our players visit local schools for a Play 60 Event with the American Heart Association and Modell's Sporting Goods. The players speak to the students about the importance of being active for at least 60 minutes a day, and then participate in an hour of active play. The event concludes with the players presenting the school with a $1,500 equipment grant from Modell's.

Play 60 with Modell’s and the American Heart Association at Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield, NJ

Fuel Up to Play 60 (American Dairy)

The NFL and National Dairy Council (NDC) created Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program which empowers youth to live a healthy lifestyle.

NBC 4 New York & Telemundo 47 Health and Fitness Expo presented by Quest Diagnostics

This family-friendly weekend long event aims to motivate people to engage in a healthy lifestyle within their community.

Youth Football

Youth Football

2019 Coach of the Week Dinner Presented by Gatorade

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 overall community involvement. At the end of the season, the Giants choose a Coach of the Year winner and each winner is invited to a dinner hosted by the Giants. 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 their football program. The 2019 Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Year was Coach Barris Grant of Hillside High School.

Coach of the Week

Uniform and Shoe Donations

Each year, the Giants support a number of our local high school programs at the end of the football season by donating unissued cleats used team practice uniforms, and Giants sideline attire.

National Football Foundation of NYC Elite 11 Scholarship Dinner

The Giants join the Jets each year to sponsor the National Football Foundation of New York City's Elite 11 Scholarship Dinner honoring the city's most inspiring student-athletes. Scholarship Money

Scholarship winners

Anthony Munoz Character Camp

The Giants partner with the NFL Hall of Fame to host approximately 200 local Hispanic youth for a day of football at MetLife Stadium. The days have included visits from Giants Pro Bowl Kicker Aldrick Rosas and Will Hernandez.


USA Football Youth Coaching Certification

The Giants annually host youth coaches from the Tri-State area for an in-person Heads Up Certification clinic at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, training them on various health and safety topics as well as tackling instruction.

Gatorade Jr. Training Camp

The Giants host several local youth football teams for a Gatorade Junior Training Camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, with kids having the opportunity to be coached by two (2) Giants players.

Good Sports Donation

The Giants nominated Hillside and New Brunswick High School to each receive $7,000 of girdles, cleats, receivers gloves and socks from Good Sports through a partnership with the NFL.

Batman Superman Equipment donation

Preseason Tickets & Activities

The Giants provide several thousand complimentary tickets to numerous youth and high school football programs throughout the Tri-State area for preseason games in celebration of Play Football month.

Halftime Exhibition

Several times each year the Giants provide the opportunity for local boys and girls youth football programs to participate in an exhibition game during halftime of Giants home games. In addition, the teams form the gauntlet for the players during pregame and participate in the national anthem with the Giants. Recent exhibitions have included:

August 8th: The East Orange Jr. Jaguars and Hurricanes were invited to play at halftime of the Giants first preseason game against the Jets.

September 29th: The Giants invited Weehawken Junior Football to participate in pre-game ceremonies and scrimmage at halftime of our game against Washington.

September 29th: The Staten Island Giants and Athena Athletics Warriors Girls Flag Football Teams participated in pre-game ceremonies and played an exhibition game at halftime of our game against Washington.

Staten Island Girls Bell Ring

USA Football Protection Tour

The Giants regularly host USA Football's Protection Tour at MetLife Stadium. In 2019 Giants legend Jonathan Casillas joined the event and encouraged the kids and parents in attendance.

"Battle of the Bridge" High School Weekend

In celebration of the NFL's 100th anniversary, the Giants hosted the first annual "Battle of the Bridge" games at MetLife Stadium between 6 of New York and New Jersey's prominent Catholic H.S. teams, with Giants legends as captains.


Equipment Grants

The Giants enjoy the opportunity to support local youth and high school football programs with surprise donations of equipment grants. Our most recent contributions in 2019 included

June 8th: The Giants Foundation made a surprise $10,000 equipment donation to New Brunswick High School during Jonathan Casillas' Forward Progress Camp

August 6th: The Giants and United Rentals partnered to bring the East Orange Jr. Jaguars and East Orange Hurricanes to training camp, where each team was surprised with a $5,000 equipment grant by East Orange native Jabrill Peppers.

August 16th: The Giants invited Binghamton Recreation football program to our preseason game to play at halftime, and surprised them pre-game with a $10,000 equipment grant from The Giants Foundation.

August 23rd: The Giants hosted all six (6) Newark Public High School football teams for a conversation about preparing for college. The event ended with $10,000 equipment grants for three programs from The Giants Foundation.

Gay Flag Football League Gay Bowl XIX in NYC

The Giants, Jets and NFL were the presenting sponsors of Gay Bowl XIX, a three-day flag tournament with teams from around the country. The Giants also sponsor the New York Gay Football League each year.

Ironbound Field Reopens NFL Grassroots Grant

Ironbound Field reopened in 2019 after 32 years following its closure due to contaminated soil, thanks in-part to $250,000 from the Giants, NFL Foundation and LISC through the Grassroots Grant.

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Heart of a Giant

Heart of a Giant

USA Football's Heart of a Giant award program, presented by Hospital of Special Surgery and the New York Giants recognizes Tri-State area high school football players who demonstrate extraordinary character, perseverance and work ethic. Throughout the high school football season, coaches nominate players that exemplify these traits. This year 10 student-athletes were nominated as finalist each earning a $1,000 equipment grant for their school while the winner received an additional $9,000 grant.

Heart of a Giant

Heart of a Giant Spring Clinic

The Giants, USA Football and Hospital for Special Surgery host the annual Heart of a Giant Spring clinic for high school coaches and players at the team facility for a day of nutrition education, workout tips, injury prevention and PED warnings, followed by a shoulder tackling clinic.

2019 Heart of a Giant Award Surprise Announcement

The 2019 Heart of a Giant winner was Duane Coleman II from the John F. Kennedy School in Newark, NJ. Duane received a $10,000 grant for Weequahic High School Football and was given the award for his work ethic and perseverance, losing 140 pounds and overcoming depression, in addition to managing the impacts of autism, after joining the football team. Duane was also surprised with 4 tickets to Super Bowl 54 by Nate Solder at the home game against the Miami Dolphins.

Crucial Catch

Crucial Catch

This NFL campaign, carried out by each of the 32 NFL clubs, works to encourage early detection and risk reduction of screen able cancers.


American Cancer Society

  • Hope Lodge: Players, all of whom have had a loved one affected by cancer, visit the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center in New York City to spend time with patients and families while enjoying a meal provided by the Giants.
  • Training Camp: Members from the American Cancer Society spent time at Training camp over the summer educating fan on the importance of sun protection and distributed samples of sun screen.
Crucial Catch- Hope Lodge Visit

Tackle Kids Cancer

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), Eli Manning and the New York Football Giants have literally "teamed up" to Tackle Kids Cancer. This exclusive charitable partnership, a first of its kind for the New York Giants, has raised a tremendous amount of awareness while creating opportunities for fundraising for pediatric oncology research amounting to over $10 million.


Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

The Giants former head coach started this non-profit in 1996 to help families tackle childhood cancer by providing financial, emotional, and hands-on support. Over the years, the New York Giants have formed a strong partnership with the foundation and have hosted families affected by childhood cancer, for a VIP training camp experience, Sundae Blitz ice cream social, as well as at Giants home games.

Salute to Service

Salute to Service

Each year all 32 NFL teams honor military members through the Salute to Service initiative at a designated home game and throughout the season.

Salute to Service Gameday

Each November, the Giants dedicate a game to our service members. During pregame, a 100-yard flag is unfurled on the field with the assistance of more than 250 active and veteran military personnel from all 5 branches. Members of each military branch, including Wounded Warriors, are honored and participate in the pregame ceremony.


9/11 Never Forget

  • Annual FDNY Visit: As each year goes by, the New York Giants continue to remember that tragic day in 2001 when our lives were forever changed. This past year, on Tuesday, September 10th Giants players, many of whom were just entering grammar school on September 11, 2001, visited Engine 3/Ladder 12/Battalion 7, 146 West 19th St NYC. Although these visits are always somber, the firefighters and their families enjoy the team coming out in support of what they do.
  • Tuesdays Children: Tuesday's Children provides a lifetime of healing for those who have been forever changed by terrorism and traumatic loss. As long as we have been visiting firehouses following 9/11, we have been engaged with Tuesday's Children. This year we were able to donate hundreds of game tickets to our opening day so that those who were affected by loss on 9/11know that they will forever hold a place in the hearts of the New York Giants.
9:11 Firehouse Visit

Habitat for Humanity and Bobs Furniture

Over the years, the Giants have worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in our community. In 2019, with a financial contribution from the Giants along with player and staff sweat equity, the project was finished. Families, including veterans, were able to move in to their new homes with a generous donation from My Bobs Furniture.


Fisher House Homes

Golden Tate joined New York Giants sponsor, United Rentals as they visited Veterans at the Fisher House Homes at the James J. Peter VA Medical Center in the Bronx. Golden brought with him personalized thank you cards created by Giants fans from a recent Giants home game. The Fisher Houses at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx provide a free home-away-from-home for families of veterans who are in the Bronx VA receiving medical treatment. Tate's Golden Future Foundation is focused on providing support and enhancing the lives of our military service members and Veterans.

Salute to Service Alumni VA Visit

Alumni VA Visit

In honor of Veterans Day, members of the Giants Alumni had lunch and played games with Veterans at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. The Alumni also delivered letters written by Giants fans to the Veterans.


Wounded Warrior Project

In honor of Veteran's Day the Giants hosted Veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project at Quest Diagnostics Training Facility for their annual visit. The Veterans observed practice, took a tour of our facility, enjoyed lunch in our team cafeteria, and ended their visit playing video games with some of our players.


In November the Giants hosted Coast Guardsman, BMC John Murphy, his crew and family for his Re-Enlistment ceremony. Murphy is a Wall, NJ native who started his career in the Coast Guard in 2006. The group was able to watch practice, enjoy lunch at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility and spend time with our players.

My Sister's Place

My Sister's Place

My Sister's Place: The New York Giants and My Sister's Place have worked together since 1997 with the goal of providing support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout the Northeast.

Huddle for 100: In honor of the NFL's 100th season, the Giants participated in the community initiative Huddle for 100 which aims to inspire people to make impactful contributions to their community. The entire Giants organization, including the front office, players, and coaches, spent the day packing bags to support victims of domestic violence.

My Sister's Place Fall Luncheon: The Lady Giants were out in force for this luncheon in support of the mission of My Sister's Place. This year the significant others of our coaches and players attended this event supporting those who have been victims and their journey back toward hope and healing.

Giants Steps Through Athletics

Giants Steps Through Athletics

My Sister's Place and the New York Giants partnership created the Giants Steps Through Athletics Fellowship Program. The goal of this program is to prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault by working with community based-athletics to promote respectful behavior among school-aged players.

Linebackers Alec Ogletree, Oshane Ximines and Chris Peace spoke with the Mt. Vernon High School football team about healthy relationships and being leaders in their school community.

Inspire Change

Inspire Change Support Initiatives

The NFL's Inspire Change initiative focuses on education and economic advancement, police and community relations and criminal justice reform.

Vera Institute

The Giants have benefitted from a partnership with Vera Institute over the past few years that has allowed players to learn first-hand about topics and current issues related to the criminal justice system. The goal of the Vera Institute of Justice is to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.

  • In 2019, safeties Michael Thomas, Antoine Bethea and Antonio Hamilton joined the Vera Institute of Justice for a two-day experiential learning visit regarding the criminal justice system and bail reform in Broome County and Tompkins County in upstate New York. During the visit, the players stopped by East Middle School in Binghamton to host a Play 60 event with students.

Newark Bronze Shields

  • The Giants are proud to support the Newark Bronze Shields in their efforts to invest in the people of Newark. The team is an annual sponsor of the Bronze Shields scholarship fundraising dinner, and participates in several community events with the organization each year.
  • Newark Bronze Shields HS Prep: During the Fall, players join the Newark Bronze Shields, the African-American police officers association within the Newark Police Department, to host a discussion with local high school student athletes about the importance of academics, selecting college majors, academic demands of a college athlete, sports related occupations, and life after sports.
  • 2019: Michael Thomas, Antoine Bethea, and Dalvin Tomlinson spoke to Newark High School football teams about the importance of academics and athletics. Each player reflected on personal experiences and answered questions from the young student-athletes. The Barringer Bears, West Side Roughriders, and Shabazz Bulldogs were each given $10,000 equipment grants.

Hunger Relief

Rookie Thanksgiving

  • Eva's Kitchen: Each season Giants rookies help volunteer at Eva's Village by serving guests and making sure everyone has a good and hot meal to eat. 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.

Food Bank Visits

  • Food Bank for NYC: Each Thanksgiving, the Giants look forward to serving holiday meals, load fresh turkeys and lend a helping hand to benefit the Food Bank for New York City. In 2019, the Giants Offensive Line volunteered to serve those in need.
  • Community Food Bank of NJ: The Community Food Bank of NJ 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. Each year players from the Giants assist employees with unloading groceries and distributing food to those in need. In 2019, Giants players helped to unload 1,500 turkeys donated by Stop & Shop.
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Rock and 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 can provide approximately 13,000 meals each year.

Sandy Hook Promise

  • Sandy Hook Promise: a nationally recognized above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the "human side" of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Their words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.
  • Through ongoing financial support, the Giants have recently been able to assist SHP in funding local SAVE Promise Clubs: Youth Empowerment and Program Sustainability. SHP's founding is based on the principle that young people are a critical component and drive in the gun violence prevention movement. Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs, established and led by students, are a powerful approach to preventing gun and other forms of violence. Through more than 2,300 SAVE Promise Clubs nationwide, SHP gives young people the skills they need to protect their peers, training and empowering a generation of young people to be upstanders and create safer schools and communities. SHP's programs are sustained through these clubs post-training, and SHP supports activity a variety of ways.

New York Giants Touchdown Fellowship John Jay College of Criminal Justice

This scholarship is designed to provide New York Football Giants Fellows with context for discussing and understanding the criminal justice reform movement, its policy challenges and excelling 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. The Giants goal is to support and encourage tomorrow's leaders.

Bronx Defenders

Introduced to us by Vera Institute, the Bronx Defenders is a public defender nonprofit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself.

Bronx Defenders


The NYPD presented to the team in 2017, bringing in many of their community officers to discuss how they were changing many of their policies and practices, and creating more "community officer" positions on the force to really get to know the people in their patrol areas, while also organizing more community conversations to get to know the issues that matter to residents. Chief Rodney Harrison led the discussion in 2017 and has since been named the first ever African-American Chief of Detectives in the department.



  • America Needs You: America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. They do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. College Initiative Upstate - College Initiative Upstate (CIU) is a learning community of educators, students, and volunteers from Tompkins County who are working together to build pathways from criminal justice involvement to college and beyond. CIU works with students who have had involvement with the criminal justice system including: incarceration, probation, parole, involvement with alternative to incarceration programs and arrest without conviction.
  • New City Kids: This faith-based program serves 300 children (1st-8th grade) daily at five sites in three cities: Jersey City, NJ, Paterson, NJ, and Grand Rapids, MI. The core curriculum blends English, math, and geography lessons with fine and performing arts, music, and more. As the children become teenagers, New City Kids employ them as teen interns to mentor the younger kids and lead the daily activities. For the last decade, 99% of these teens have gone on to college, with a 90% college graduation rate.

Diversity & Inclusion/Voting

RISE (Ross Initiative in Sport for Equality): A national nonprofit founded by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. Recently, Nate Solder joined RISE to have a conversation about Equality vs. Equity.

Game Day Drives

Food Drive presented by Stop & Shop

The Giants' and Stop & Shop's annual Gameday Food Drive asks fans to support Food Bank for New York City by bringing canned or non-perishable foods. Food Bank trucks and volunteers are at each entrance to the stadium to collect donations with all items going directly to the Food Bank for New York City.

Coat / Hoodie Drive

For one game each season, fans are encouraged to bring their gently worn coats to the volunteers at any of the stadium entrances. All coats collected during the drive are donated to New York Cares, a non-profit organization that meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service. All sweatshirts and hoodies are donated to Hoodies for the Homeless, a non-profit organization using music, fashion and art to bring awareness to the issues of homelessness.

Toy Drive

During a home game in December, the Giants encourage fans to bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the collection vehicles and volunteers located at each entrance to the stadium prior to one game during the upcoming season. Uniformed Marine Corps Reserves are on hand to assist with this collection. All gifts collected during the drive are donated to Toys for Tots, the premier community action program of the United States Marines.

Special Olympics of New Jersey

Special Olympics of New Jersey

The New York Giants and Special Olympics of New Jersey work together to provide children and adults with the opportunity to participate in sports.

Special Olympics of New Jersey Snow Bowl

Each year the Giants participate as a sponsor in Snow Bowl, a flag football tournament benefitting Special Olympics of New Jersey. The three-day tournament features over 100 adult teams and raises over $500,000 for programs.


Special Olympics of New Jersey Play 60

Each Year the New York Giants host 100 young athletes with Special Olympics of New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. Players from the Giants coach their own station and give the children a chance to catch a pass, run for a touchdown, kick a field goal, and master the technique of tackling. This Play 60 event encourages the children to be active for at least 60 minutes a day and concludes with lunch in the MetLife 50 Club.


Covenant House

The New York Giants are a proud supporter of Covenant House and their efforts to help New Jersey's youth who have suffered from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness, and human trafficking build a life for themselves that is good.

  • Saquon has been a supporter of Covenant House since arriving at the Giants, hosting their kids at every game, and serving as the chairman of their 2019 Executive Sleepout fundraiser which raised over $1 million.

Project KIND

Project KIND is an organization that helps those experiencing homelessness in Newark, NJ by providing them with necessary resources such as food, clothing and blankets. The Giants have partnered with Project KIND to create the Worthy of Love Event which is hosted at MetLife Stadium and invites 100 people from Newark experiencing homelessness. The day is filled with spa treatments, showers, haircuts, social workers and their own locker filled with clean clothes and toiletries. Rhett Ellison was first introduced to this organization in 2018 and helped to create the Worth of Love Event, he continues to be an ambassador and advocate for those experiencing homelessness.



The Giants proudly support the efforts of the Make-a-Wish Foundation through granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


Make-A-Wish Visits

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.


Rookie Halloween

Every year the Rookie Draft Class visits patients at Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. To continue the annual tradition of bringing Halloween to the hospital, the rookies dress up in costumes and visit patients and their families in each of their rooms.

Women's Club

  • Women's Club: The Giants Women's Club was founded in 2014 as the team's official female fan club. By joining The Giants Women's Club, members will have the opportunity to attend exclusive events, receive numerous deals and discounts and enter contests to win great prizes. And it's free to join!
  • Training Camp Visit: Members of the Giants Women's Club are invited to a VIP Training Camp experience during the summer.
  • Big Blue Challenge: Women's Club members come together and enjoy a night of flag football and dinner at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
  • Cooking with the Champs: The Giants host members of the Women's Club at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center for a night of cooking with our head chef from FLIK and Giants Alumni players.
  • Skills and Drill: Women's Club members and their family/friends joined Giants Legends Jessie Armstead and Jonathan Casillas as they tested their football skills in the team's indoor field house.
Women's Club


  • The Giants Legends Community is one of the largest in the NFL. We have a data base of players that is close to 500. At any given time, you can walk through the halls of the Quest Diagnostics Training Center and see former players from all eras visiting their old friends at the Giants. In addition, there is frequent communication with each legend regarding player engagement programs, player benefits/insurance, player care foundation and NFL Life Improvement Plan.
  • Alumni Internship Program: 2019 marked year number "2" of the Giants Alumni Internship Program. With the average NFL players career being in the area of 3 to 4 years, John Mara recognized the fact the majority of the players who were no longer in the league were most likely not set up to succeed in the "real world". Even if by chance, they had completed their college degrees, the majority of NFL players have never participated in a college internship where they would be exposed to practical work experience for their post NFL careers. With this is mind, John created a program where former/retired players can work at the Giants in a number of different departments that they may find interesting. The program has been a huge success with these players going on to complete their college degrees, work as an Assistant Principal along with discovering that we had a graphic - artist in the mix.
  • Alumni Appearances: Most players do not hail from the NY area. However, many of our players remain in the area at the conclusion of their on the field careers as the opportunities for a post football career in the metropolitan area are endless. With that in mind, we are able to provide endless opportunities to our alumni through sponsor driven appearances, local community appearances as well as business opportunities.
  • Alumni Weekend: Each year we host a yearly Giants Legends homecoming event celebrating and honoring the Legends. This past year's homecoming weekend included a Friday night meet and greet with the players at a local hotel. Saturday, the alumni and their families boarded a boat and went to the Statue of Liberty followed by a night of dinner and dancing at the W Hotel in Hoboken. On Sunday, our alumni took the field as part of the NFL's 100-year Fantennial Celebration.

Walter Payton Man of the Year

This award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field. Nate Solder was the New York Giants 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee.

Nate Solder MOY

Holiday Outreach

Jingle Jam

Each holiday season, the Giants host over 500 New Jersey foster children at MetLife Stadium for a holiday funfest which is attended by many Giants players as well as some dressed as Santa to hand out new Winter coats, backpacks and a brand new ball to enjoy.

Hess Toy Truck Gifting

Each year a Giants player partners with Hess to gift patients with their highly anticipated new toy truck, a holiday tradition. This year, Evan Engram visited the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital to gift the new 2019 Hess toy truck to pediatric patients.

Wreaths Across America

Players, along with local high school students and community members, lay wreaths at the graves of fallen veterans for the holidays. In 2019, players visited the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.

Youth Consultation Services Holiday Visit

During the holiday season, the Giants Offensive Line, Defensive Line, and Tight Ends invite children from YCS (Youth Consultation Services) to the Quest Diagnostic Training Facility for dinner in the team cafeteria, ice cream sundaes, activities in the field house and were given gifts paid for by the players before they left. YCS provides services to thousands of New Jersey families and group homes for children who are separated from their loved ones.

YCS (Holiday Outreach)

My Cause My Cleats

My Cause My Cleats

My Cause My Cleats celebrates the positive impact that players have in communities across the country and provides players across the league with an opportunity to highlight the cause-related work that they are passionate about. The New York Giants are fortunate to have a majority of the players participate in My Cause My Cleats.

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