EAST HANOVER, N.J.  –  The new weight room at Hanover Park High School was unveiled yesterday to the delight of students, athletes and coaches alike! It was the culmination of effort from the New York Jets, the United Way and NRG.  This is from the New York Jets recent news release:

New York Jets players helped unveil a remodeled, state-of-the-art weight room at Hanover Park High School as part of the 21st annual Hometown Huddle on October 8, a Jets day of service with United Way of Northern New Jersey. 

The $70,000 makeover, including new equipment, flooring and wall graphics, was made possible due to a collaboration involving United Way, the New York Jets and NRG. The project also served as the kickoff for the United Way Varsity Letter program at Hanover Park High School where students will receive a varsity letter for completing 120 hours of community service in conjunction with the Jets Huddle for 100 initiative.

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As part of the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season, Huddle for 100 looks to inspire 1 million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities — with the goal being 100 million minutes volunteered by Super Bowl LIV.

Nearly 50 Hanover Park students have already stepped up to meet the challenge by committing to the United Way Varsity Letter program. On Friday, October 4, the Jets randomly selected ninth-grader Colleen Sannito and surprised her with a trip for two to Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida if she meets the volunteering benchmarks in the Varsity Letter program by December 1, 2019.

The Varsity Letter and Huddle for 100 challenge is also taking place at Whippany Park High School. The Jets will also award a student there a trip for two to the Super Bowl.

“We thank our partners – the Jets, NRG and Hanover Park – for putting this spotlight on the importance of giving back to your community,” said United Way Senior Vice President for Resource Development Theresa Leamy. “We believe our Varsity Letter students will set a standard that can be modeled by students across northern New Jersey.”

Students logged some volunteer time during Hometown Huddle, helping Jets players put the finishing touches on the weight room. The players also provided demonstrations on how to use the new equipment. 

“The New York Jets are proud to partner with the United Way of Northern New Jersey and NRG to bring a Play60 fitness opportunity to Hanover Park High School,” said Jets Community Relations Senior Director Jesse Linder. “In celebration of NFL 100, we wanted to show our commitment to our local community and give back to those closest to us.”.”

“The Hanover Park Regional High School District is honored to be working with the New York Jets, United Way of Northern New Jersey and NRG to host this community-wide event,” said Hanover Park Regional High School District Superintendent Maria Carrell. “We look forward to strengthening our partnerships with these organizations for the continued development of our students and schools.”

Since 1999, the Jets have partnered with United Way on Hometown Huddle — a day of service designed to bring awareness to the issue of youth health and fitness. The NFL and the Jets are committed to promoting youth health and fitness through the NFL’s PLAY 60 program. Throughout the year, players and representatives from the New York Jets make appearances at schools and community events to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day to reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

Photo Caption 1: In collaboration with United Way of Northern New Jersey, the New York Jets, and NRG contributed $70,000 to install new state-of-the-art weight-lifting equipment at Hanover Park High School. Representatives from United Way, NRG, Hanover Park High School and Jets players were on hand to unveil the updated weight room. Phot o credit: New York Jets

Photo Caption 2: Members of the Jets were on hand to unveil new state-of-the-art weight room equipment to Hanover Park High School students. The updated weight room, which also features a fresh coat of paint, wall graphics and new flooring, was the result of a collaboration among United Way of Northern New Jersey, the New York Jets and NRG. Photo credit: New York Jets

About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization fighting to improve life for families and individuals in our five-county footprint who are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) or in poverty. We believe when those who are struggling to afford the basics can succeed, all communities win. By focusing on Education, Financial Stability, and Health, we are helping ALICE now and in the long term. We do this through our initiatives that fill gaps in services, community partnerships, public policy work, and volunteer efforts. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona. To learn more, call 973.993.1160 or visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org.

About Jets Foundation

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 Lupus Research Alliance and numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.

About NRG

At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations, putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to more than 3.7 million residential, small business, and commercial and industrial customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, and by working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy, @nrginsight.


About The NFL and United Way

In 1973, the NFL and United Way of America forged a partnership that has become the sports industry’s most visible and longest-running public service program, using players and other NFL personalities to promote community service through public service television ads. Throughout the years, United Way fundraising has soared from $800 million to $3.91 billion and the NFL-United Way partnership has evolved from a fundraising organization to a community services provider, on programs and services that far surpass the well-known television spots. Teams and their players support the local United Way chapters in their communities year-round through personal appearances, joint programs, and campaign contributions.