Hometown Huddle program helps build playground for Head Start of Morris County
United Way of Northern New Jersey joined with the New York Jets and NRG to rebuild and donate a new playground for children at the Head Start of Morris County center in Parsippany as part of the 23rd annual Hometown Huddle day of service.
The $75,000 playground, constructed on the Head Start side lawn, was donated and built through a collaboration involving United Way of Northern New Jersey, the New York Jets and NRG under the NFL Hometown Huddle philanthropy program.
United Way staff members, employees from NRG and members of the Jets Women’s Organization joined with work crews on Monday, Oct. 25 to assemble the playground. The Jets Women’s Organization is comprised of the many women who are affiliated with the team, including staff members, and significant others of coaches, players, and football personnel.
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.