Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday announced a multi-million dollar donation from the National Football League and the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee to be put towards charitable projects around the city. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
The National Football League says it wants to leave a lasting mark in New York, long after the Super Bowl is played at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.
"We want to make sure that when we hand that Lombardi Trophy to the victorious team, that we keep a legacy here that reminds people what the Super Bowl created," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
So, the NFL Foundation, the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City announced $2 million in donations. That money is for community-based projects in every borough.
They're also focusing on the areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. They'll build a playground in Breezy Point and a new gym at the Hammel Houses Project in Queens, and rehab a playground in New Brighton on Staten Island.
"Much like the New Orleans Super Bowl last year was really a comeback from Katrina to some degree, there's a parallel here to where we're coming back from Sandy," said Al Kelly, executive director of the Super Bowl Host Committee.
They will also rehab and repair places like the Educational Alliance Boys and Girls Club on the Lower East Side.
Dan Quintero runs the Boys and Girls club in Kips Bay. His organization also received a grant.
"That sends a message to our children. That sends a message that they're important, that they're worth it and that they will enjoy themselves in this attractive facility," Quintero said.
"The projects will be great for communities in all five boroughs, in particular for the young people who look up to NFL players," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In keeping with the football theme, Boys and Girls High School will get a new field. And these are just the start. The committee hopes to have 25 projects in total in conjunction with the game.