Saturday, Jan. 31, the Harlem Jets, a Harlem-based football, cheerleading and wrestling organization that utilizes sports as a way to keep youth academically motivated and physically fit, was presented with a congressional record by the office of Rep. Charles B. Rangel and a New York Assembly citation by Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright. The congressional record and citation were presented to recognize the outstanding achievements of the student athletes on the National Champion 10 and Under football team and National Champion Division 18 Cheerleading team and the success of the entire Harlem Jets organization.

After a celebratory parade led by Wright that began at Adam C. Powell Jr. State Office Building plaza and concluded at the Harlem Police Athletic League, 200 people, including current and former Harlem Jets athletes, family and community residents, convened for remarks by Geoffrey P. Eaton on behalf of Rangel, Wright and Harlem Jets President Jamel Wright. In his remarks, Wright commented on the hard work, dedication and commitment exhibited by the Harlem Jets program and highlighted the accomplishments of the entire program throughout the 2015 season.

Registration for the 2015 Harlem Jets season begins in March. Additional information can be obtained at HarlemJets.org.

Harlem Jets is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that uses academic enrichment programs, tackle football, cheerleading and wrestling as a way to keep youth ages 5-18 academically motivated and physically fit. In addition to the core physical focus, the Jets program provides mentoring services, life-skills enrichment, prep and private school placement advice, and counseling. Since its founding in 2005, the Jets have served more than 2,000 children and are currently working with more than 300 kids in the Harlem community and the wider New York City area.