New York Giants Safety Michael Thomas visits local students for Character Education Celebration with

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Bronx, NY (June 1, 2018) – Today, the New York Giants, United Way of New York City (UWNYC), Verizon and students and educators from Mott Hall V School teamed up to celebrate the online character education program, Character PlaybookTM, which is powered by digital learning innovator EVERFI Inc. and presented by the NFL and United Way. The New York Giants, UWNYC and Verizon bring this web-based program to schools throughout the New York City area, reaching more than 8,600 students since the program’s inception in 2016.

Mott Hall V School was selected for the program’s New York City Character Playbook celebration based on their work in the program and commitment to building school morale, a supportive community, and an overall positive school environment. During the celebration, students had the chance to hear from New York Giants safety, Michael Thomas, about the importance of character and healthy relationships through a student-led Q&A session. Students also got to show off their knowledge of the program in an interactive activity led by Alex Rodriguez, AVP, Marketing & Communications, United Way of New York City. The event also included remarks from the school about what Character Playbook has meant to them and concluded with students receiving certificates for their work in the course and Mott Hall V receiving the Innovation in Character Education award presented by the New York Giants, United Way of New York City and Verizon.

"It's important for me to connect with our youth on their character and how they carry themselves, because that can be the difference between them achieving their goals or not”, said Michael Thomas. “You never know who is watching. You never know who is listening. So always present yourself in the way you want people to perceive you."

“United Way of New York City is proud to bring this critical education into classrooms across our city,” said Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York City. “We are committed to nurturing our students’ talents and abilities by providing them with the tools and resources they need to confidently navigate and overcome challenges on the path to college, career, and self-sufficiency.”

“As educators, our goal is to prepare our students for successful futures” said Michael Campbell, a Civics and Advisory teacher at Mott Hall V. “The Character PlaybookTM program educates students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years, and we are thankful to the New York Giants, United Way of New York City and Verizon for making that possible.”