The Robert D. Wilson Memorial Community Center and the Snug Harbor Park will be having repairs to damage from Hurricane Sandy thanks to
NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Highlands, NJ – Long after this year’s Super Bowl Most Valuable Player is named, the game will continue to have an impact on youngsters throughout the State of New Jersey. The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation (SYF), the charitable arm of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, is refurbishing run-down or damaged youth-serving organizations throughout the Garden State. Today, the Borough of Highlands announced that it is one of at least 23 sites benefiting from a $1.5 million grant for repairs and renovations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to SYF through the Community Foundation of New Jersey.
Although some of these sites were in need of repairs and upgrades long before Hurricane Sandy came along, the superstorm had a huge impact. Many facilities were forced to shut their doors entirely, and more than a year after Sandy made landfall, the repair work continues. The funds provided will assist with the Community Center main room flooring replacement, installation of a new playground and renovations to the basketball and tennis courts that were undermined during the storm.
“We are grateful to the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for this much needed infusion of support,” said Timothy Hill, Borough Administrator. “The Community Center has long been a real gathering place and focal point within the borough. The programs, activities, and services provided, particularly to the children of the town have been missed. Although we are grateful to those who continue to let us use space for some programs, having the Community Center back up and running will be an extremely important milestone as we continue to recover from the impacts of Sandy”.
Other repairs across New Jersey funded in part through the RWJF grant include new gym floors, computer upgrades, roof repairs, new elevators, and top-to-bottom cosmetic improvements. RWJF Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Care Group, John Lumpkin, MD, explained, “an important part of attaining a culture of health is making sure that everyone has the opportunity and access to be physically active. This is especially important for our children. We need to teach kids healthy habits that last a lifetime. And we can only do that when they have safe places to play and be active.”
The list of additional facilities whose repairs have been made possible in part by RWJF, along with a new video showcasing other sites benefiting from the grant, can be found at www.rwjf.org/nj.
Based in Princeton, RWJF is committed to making a difference in its home state of New Jersey. In addition to the grant to SYF, RWJF also pledged $5 million immediately following the storm for Sandy recovery in New Jersey.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest private foundation in New Jersey and the nation’s largest philanthropy working to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. The Foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion in New Jersey since 1972. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org/nj. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.
About the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee
The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee is the entity created by the owners of the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets to raise the necessary funds and partner with the NFL to plan and stage Super Bowl XLVIII and all of its associated events. The Host Committee also works closely with area business leaders and public officials to coordinate key logistics and maximize the game’s positive economic impact for the region. Additionally, in an effort to give back to the surrounding region, the Host Committee supports an active roster of charitable initiatives, largely conducted through the work of the Snowflake Youth Foundation, including the rehabilitation of after-school centers, support for the Super Community Blood Drives, and various environmental works.
About the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation
The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation is a newly formed charity headquartered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Created as an initiative of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the Foundation will harness the excitement of the Super Bowl XLVIII to raise critical funds to renovate and transform after-school facilities in the NY/NJ area that provide school-age boys and girls with safe and supervised recreational, educational, and character-building activities. More information can be found at www.snowflakeyouthfoundation.org.