NEW YORK, NY – The New York Giants, United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and BMO Capital Markets teamed up yesterday for the annual Hometown Huddle at P.S. 49 in Mott Haven, Bronx, one of the lowest income communities in New York City. Students joined their favorite Giants players in painting the school fence and outdoor walls and drawing games such as hopscotch and four square onto the school blacktop. The players, which included Jayron Hosley, Jameel McClain, Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson, Eric Herman and Daniel Fells, also participated in a school-led physical education class.
"We are incredibly grateful to our longtime partner the New York Giants and to BMO Capital Markets for joining us in giving back to our community and promoting active and healthy lifestyles at the 16th Annual Hometown Huddle,” said Sheena Wright, President and CEO, United Way of New York City. "We were thrilled to hold the event this year at P.S. 49 in Mott Haven, which is supported by United Way of New York City’s ReadNYC program, our campaign for grade-level reading."
“It’s an amazing experience, and it’s what the Giants stand for,” Jameel McClain, linebacker for the New York Giants, said about volunteering at the annual Hometown Huddle. “I’m big into giving back to the community. That’s the key with the United Way, and I believe in everything that they represent. I’ve had opportunities to volunteer like this before, but it’s great to be in New York, in the Bronx, in an area that needs this type of help and will benefit tremendously from this project.”
The NFL and United Way have a 40+ year history of positively impacting communities. Hometown Huddle is part of a 16-year tradition in which both organizations come together for a league-wide day of service to participate in a variety of youth fitness projects, including building fitness zones, hosting youth football clinics, rebuilding neighborhood playgrounds and upgrading fitness facilities.
P.S. 49 is supported by ReadNYC, UWNYC’s campaign for grade-level reading, which aims to boost literacy and improve education outcomes in our lowest income communities. Only 1 in 10 children in Mott Haven read on grade level by the third grade. Studies show that children who do not read at grade level by third grade are 70% less likely to graduate from high school. ReadNYC specifically targets grade level reading to help students succeed.
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About United Way of New York City
For more than 75 years, United Way of New York City has been the activist inside, working deep within the system to weave a net of interconnected solutions to catch our poorest neighbors. We orchestrate hundreds of partners in a symphony of hope, and mobilize communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all. We help ensure that short-term needs are being met while simultaneously working on long-term solutions to the city's most intractable problems. We envision caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. We are the activists inside, working to make New York City work for every New Yorker. Follow, Like and Pin us, and learn more at unitedwaynyc.org.
About BMO Capital Markets
BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider offering equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and project financing, merger and acquisitions advisory services, securitization, treasury management, market risk management, debt and equity research and institutional sales and trading. BMO Capital Markets has more than 2,300 employees operating in 29 locations around the world, including 16 in North America.