A youth football team in the Frankford section of Philadelphia was all smiles, but not due to a winning touchdown or interception, but because they were able to have a real practice after their equipment was stolen from them. Vandals broke into the storage shed stealing a lot of the team’s equipment. Ron Jaworski’s charity, Jaws Youth Playbook, generously donated thousands of dollars in equipment to replace the items that were stolen.
There’s a long proud tradition on their home turf of Gambrel Field; it is where the Philadelphia Eagles began as the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Jaworski, a former Eagle, wants to make sure that tradition carries on.
Ron Jaworski, along with players from Ventnor City Pirates, and representatives REVIVE ─ Atlantic County’s Long Term Recovery Group, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), and the Ventnor community gathered to unveil a recently rebuilt athletic field that was ravaged by Super Storm Sandy. Repairs from the $30,000 grant from Jaws Youth Playbook include Refreshment Stand, Fieldhouse, Batting Cages, Sheds and Fences. In addition, the grant covered the cost of new athletic equipment, fieldhouse appliances and a new scoreboard!
YMCA of Vineland
Jaws Youth Playbook funds were dedicated to help with two new renovations at the Vineland YMCA. One being a Family Multipurpose Center, a 4,000-square-foot that will hold everything from basketball games to special needs sports to birthday parties and meetings. The other facility is the Family Health and Adventure Center, a 1,000-square-foot room with exercise equipment for both adults and children. The room, which also has a rock-climbing wall, is intended to inspire whole families to exercise together.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Scholarships!
The NFL Alumni provided 10 deserving students with scholarships to attend the Fuel Up to Play 60 Annual Student Ambassadors Summit in Indianapolis, IN. Students experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities including time with NFL players, showing off healthy cooking skills and learning how to be a great leader and role model!
Youth of America Week
In August of 2016 the NFL Alumni revived Youth of America Week (YOAW). YOAW started in 1983 following an official Proclamation that was introduced by NFLA member and Congressman Jack Kemp and signed by US President Ronald Reagan. YOAW is a coordinated effort of all NFL Alumni Chapters and the National Office to participate simultaneously across the country in youth-related community service activities. The NFL Alumni National Office hosted over 150 kids at their kick-off youth football camp and coordinated a hospital visit at CHOP with Vince Papale and Barrett Brooks.
Annually, in partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles, JYP hosts hundreds of youth from programs served throughout the year at an Eagles pre-season game. For many of the attendees this is their very first professional sports game.