2014-01-31 / Top Stories

Super Bowl Grants Fund Local Projects

By Katie McFadden

Super Bowl Legacy grants helped fund the construction of the Sandy Ground Project playground in memory of Mary Sherlach in Roxbury. Super Bowl Legacy grants helped fund the construction of the Sandy Ground Project playground in memory of Mary Sherlach in Roxbury. With the Super Bowl taking place in the New York/ New Jersey area, the National Football League is supporting local community projects through grants.

Funds provided by the NFL Foundation, NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation, and the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee have gone to charitable projects that focus on revitalizing and rebuilding places for youth to be active, including areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The grants were used to benefit roughly 50 projects across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, including some in the local area.

In Broad Channel, the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s Shamrocks football league took a hard hit by Sandy and lost all of their equipment. Through a Super Bowl Legacy grant, the league was able to replace their helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shield, tackling dummies, game paints, practice apparel and field items.

In Rockaway Beach, the Super Bowl Legacy grant funded the replacement of the gymnasium floor, scoreboard, gym mats, new glass walls and safety padding at the Hammels Community Center. The gymnasium serves as a focal point of the Center, which serves several housing areas, and was knocked out of use by Sandy. The new gym will help bring programming back to life at the Center.

Roxbury now has a new playground due to funding from Super Bowl Legacy grants. On Sunday, December 22nd, the playground on the bayside was unveiled. The playground was built by the Sandy Ground Project, which is building 26 playgrounds in Hurricane Sandy-stricken areas in memory of the 26 victims who lost their lives in a tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The Super Bowl Legacy grant helped fund the construction of a playground built in memory of school psychologist Mary Sherlach, who put herself in harm’s way to try to save children and staff during the shooting. Super Bowl Legacy grants also helped to fund a Sandy Ground Project park in Belmar, N.J. and Bridgeport, Conn.

Super Bowl XLVIII is set to take place on Sunday, February 2nd with the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos facing off at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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