MILLBURN, NJ — A group of Millburn High School students led by Marisa Noble participated in the inaugural Habitat Turkey Bowl in Summit this past week. 30 students from Delbarton, Morristown Beard and Millburn staged a flag football game benefiting Habitat for Humanity of greater Newark.
“I was excited that so many of my classmates showed up to participate in the Turkey Bowl, and to raise funds for such an important organization," Noble said. "I’m looking forward to becoming more involved with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) in the coming year, as well as motivating others to support their cause”.
The St. Jude Teen Warrior team from Millburn has participated in multiple teen builds for HFH over the past months and wanted to raise donations as a way of thanking HFH for providing these opportunities. The charity game was just one of the many ways to do that.
“I had a great experience during the Habitat build this past summer, so it was great to organize this Turkey Bowl event to benefit HFH. I am looking forward to the next build and to have more kids come and play at next years Turkey Bowl.” Said Connor Cho from Delbarton.
The Warriors are now committed to forming a Youth United Team and staging events that benefit Habitat for Humanity.
“I love seeing so many bighearted teens coming out from so many different schools to support Habitat," said Vikki Amourgianos. "Morristown-Beard is always willing to lend a hand, and it was so nice to see so many people I know help together in a fun environment.”
Amourgianos has been on the St. Jude Teen Warrior Project leadership team since 2018 and is a Co-Chair for the St. Jude Northern New Jersey walk/run and the Youth United Team in 2020.
The students are working with Habitat on a few new fundraising ideas. “Lead by Example.” Builds are being scheduled for the spring where students will bring a parent or high school Administrator to a site to show them what they are accomplishing.
The Youth United team has raised around $1,500 in donations thus far, with a goal of hitting $5,000 by year-end. Thier team page is https://habitatturkeybowl.org.