Susan G. Komen North Jersey recently announced that former New York Giants player Charles Way has committed to being a 2017 Pink Tie Guy. The Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Guys are partners in the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. This exclusive group of gentleman are advocates of Komen North Jersey by helping to raise funds and spread the message about the importance breast health education and breast cancer awareness. The Pink Tie Guys are leaders who can help mobilize, energize and engage people in Komen’s mission and events in their communities, companies and organizations. Tahesha Way, Charles’ spouse, has also committed to helping Komen North Jersey by supporting breast cancer survivorship programs in northern New Jersey and raising funds to find the cures for breast cancer.
Executive Director of Susan G. Komen North Jersey, Kelly Witkowski, is inspired by their dedication. “Komen North Jersey is privileged to have Charles as the newest member of the Pink Tie Guys,” Witkowski explains, “The fighting spirit that made him a champion on the field is critical to bringing us another step closer to finding the cures for breast cancer. The passion he and Tahesha bring to Komen’s mission will have an immediate impact our how we can support survivors and fund breast health education, breast cancer services, and research.”
Charles Way is a former fullback at the New York Giants from 1995-1999 and made an immediate impact on the team. As a team captain, NFL Players Association team representative, and 16-game starter during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Charles led by example. His teammates held him in high esteem for his strong work ethic, relentless style and performance consistency.
When a knee injury sidelined Charles’ from the football field in 1999, the Giants named him their Director of Player Development. During his 14-year tenure leading player services with the Giants, Charles was instrumental in developing new programs including leadership training, professional development, and team building. Charles went on to become the Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. In this role, Charles oversaw the continued evolution and implementation of a broad array of support programs and services that are provided to all NFL teams, players and their families.
Charles left the NFL in the fall of 2016 to pursue new professional and philanthropic opportunities—including turning his focus to urban redevelopment and empowering urban communities in northern New Jersey. On both a personal and professional level, Charles has long been dedicated to giving back to his community. His personal community service involvement includes board positions for the University of Virginia Engineering Foundation, Starlight Foundation and M-CAM. In addition to serving as a spokesperson for The New York and New Jersey United Way, Charles has served as the Gates – Ferry lecturer for Centenary College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his service. He holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.
Tahesha Way grew up in the Bronx, New York and is the daughter of parents who worked for the New York City Transit Authority. Tahesha earned an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature from Brown University. While attending Brown, she served as the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Vice President of the NAACP, taught religious education and was a radio announcer for WBRU-FM.
Upon graduation from Brown, Tahesha attended the University of Virginia law school. At UVA, Tahesha served as a law clerk for the Virginia Legal Aid Society, the United Steel Workers of America, and for Polygram. Also while attending UVA, Tahesha served as the Social Chair for the Black Law Students Association, acted as a Peer Advisor, was a Big Sister with Action for Better Living and a member of the Articles Review Board for the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. After law school, she worked for then-Court TV providing legal research and then went on to became an associate at the general practice law firm of Steven A. Varano in Totowa and an adjunct English Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She has also taught administrative law and practice.
In July 2006, Tahesha was appointed to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and was later elected that following November. In 2008, she became the Deputy Freeholder Director, and in 2009, Tahesha served as the Freeholder Director. During this time, she also served as a councilmember for The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. In January 2010, Tahesha was appointed a Judge for the State of New Jersey. Presently, she serves as special counsel for an agency within Passaic County.
Charles and Tahesha reside in Wayne, NJ with their four children.