Hometown Huddle program helps build playground for Parsippany Child Daycare Center
United Way of Northern New Jersey joined with the New York Jets and ASAP.com to donate and build a new playground for children at the Parsippany Child Day Care Center.
On Wednesday, October 12, volunteers with United Way Women United and the Jets Women’s Organization joined forces at the child care center to build the new playground. Together they assembled the structure, helped pour and spread concrete and fully installed the playground.
Then on Tuesday, October 18, members of the Jets much-heralded rookie class, including safety Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner, running back Breece Hall and tight end Jeremy Ruckert, helped unveil the new $75,000 playground with the students at Parsippany Child Day Care Center.
The children, who had to wait six days before playing on the new equipment, were so excited that they stormed past the players and right onto the new playground. Kids scaled chain nets, climbed walls adorned with shapes and slid down a double wave slide. The Jets rookies helped the kids climb, held their hands as they played, and tossed miniature footballs back and forth. Parents happily snapped photos.
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.