RWJF Announces $1.5 Million Grant For Youth Agencies Affected by Sandy, Partnering with NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee

Funds to help restore facilities and equipment at youth-serving agencies throughout New Jersey.

    • November 1, 2013

Perth Amboy, N.J.—The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced today funding that will help New Jersey youth-serving agencies make facility repairs and replace equipment damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will grant $1.5 million to be distributed by the Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation focusing on revitalizing and rebuilding venues for youth to be active and healthy.

The announcement, which was made at the headquarters of the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development—one of nine grant recipients—unveiled plans to revitalize venues throughout New Jersey through a series of charitable initiatives.

Additional recipients include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of America—A variety of refurbishments in five New Jersey locations.
  • Jersey Cares—Recondition outside play areas in towns hit hard by Superstorm Sandy:
  • Belmar
  • Manasquan
  • Seaside Heights
  • Kaboom—Build playground in Moonachie, N.J.
  • Rahway Community Action Center—Renovate an outdoor play area
  • Rahway Recreation Center—Creation of a spin room, equipment for tennis and running programs; mats for the cheer/dance programs
  • Robert D. Wilson Memorial Community Center, Highlands, N.J.—Renovation of indoor building and playground
  • Toms River East High School—Renovation of wellness center
  • YCS (Youth Consultation Service)—Refurbish computer lab at the George Washington School in Hackensack, which was damaged by Sandy.

Those in attendance at the announcement included: Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and owner of the New York Jets Woody Johnson; NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Al Kelly; Senior Vice President and the Director of the Health Care Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John Lumpkin, MD, MPH; Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz; and Senator Joseph F. Vitale.

“Having the opportunity to touch so many children’s lives through this funding is a great benefit of hosting the Super Bowl,” said Johnson. “These projects will restore venues and serve their needs that will help the collective communities for many years after the game is played.”

“It is an honor to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as we leverage our respective assets to reach a common goal in making a difference in today’s youth,” said Kelly. “There are so many great programs and facilities that were adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy and we are pleased to be able to help them get back on their feet and accomplish their mission.”

“An important part of attaining a culture of health is making sure that everyone has the opportunity and access to be physically active,” said Lumpkin. “This is especially important for our children. We need to teach kids healthy habits that last a lifetime. And we can only do that when they have safe places to play and be active. That’s why the work of Snowflake Youth Foundation is so important to the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation and to New Jersey.”

About the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation

The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation is a newly formed charity headquartered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Created as an initiative of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the foundation will harness the excitement of the Super Bowl XLVIII to raise critical funds to renovate and transform after-school facilities in the N.Y./N.J. area that provide school-age boys and girls with safe and supervised recreational, educational, and character-building activities. More information can be found at www.snowflakeyouthfoundation.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

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