FLORHAM OPARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets, STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union announced today that 7th grader Molly S. of Pequannock Valley School in Pompton Plains, NJ has been named this week's Jets Upstander of the Week.
Returning for 2017, the New York Jets will continue their anti-bullying school initiative called “Jets Upstander of the Week.” For each of the 16 weeks during the season, the Jets will ask schools to submit a photo and description of a student that is an Upstander. The Jets will highlight one Upstander a week across their social media platforms and on the video boards during home games.
“Molly was having lunch with several of her friends when they began discussing another girl seated down at the end of their table and commenting on how she was fat,” said Terri Praschak, school counselor. “The conversation turned toward how much she was eating, and how she over-ate at a recent party. All this upset Molly so much and she began to cry. When the girls asked why she was crying she told them that they were being mean and that they shouldn't talk about a classmate in such a cruel manner. Because Molly informed me of this exchange, I had the opportunity to speak with the other girls involved to prevent the situation from eventually escalating to direct teasing and name-calling.”
Through the organization’s collaboration with STOMP Out Bullying, along with support from Municipal Credit Union, the Jets have provided educator prevention toolkits to over 1,000 schools in the tri-state area at no cost, conducted their annual Jets Tackle Bullying Symposium, created awareness through a robust PSA campaign and annually host an anti-bullying awareness day at MetLife Stadium on game day.
The New York Jets take great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to our community. Programs funded by the New York Jets Foundation look to positively influence the lives of young men and women in the tri-state area by promoting fitness, supporting youth football and preventing bullying, particularly in disadvantaged communities. From launching football teams at urban high schools to urging students to be active for at least 60 minutes every day to fostering positive school environments, the New York Jets invest in programs that make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to our focus on youth development, the Jets support the efforts of the Alliance for Lupus Research and numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.
About STOMP Out Bullying™
Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.
About Municipal Credit Union
MCU, now in its 101st year of service, is the oldest credit union in New York State and one of the largest in the country, with more than $2.7 billion in assets and more than 425,000 members. Its membership is open to New York City and Yonkers municipal employees; state and federal employees who work in the five boroughs; health care professionals who work in New York State; employees of private colleges in New York City and private and public colleges in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester; students enrolled in a college, university, school, or institution in the City University of New York (CUNY) education system and St. John's University; members of select industry groups, certain family members, and qualifying retirees. MCU is an equal opportunity lender and deposits are federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency. For more information about Municipal Credit Union, visit www.nymcu.org.