United Way of New York City, the New York Giants and the New York Jets reteamed last week for the 22nd annual Gridiron Gala in support of New York City’s youth.
Current players and legends from the Giants and Jets joined the United Way of New York City at the Hilton Midtown to honor two players who personify the National Football League and UWNYC’s commitment to community service with the Hometown Hero Award: Prince Amukamara of the New York Giants and Quinton Coples of the New York Jets.
Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express, and H. Rodgin Cohen, senior partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, were honored as “Community Quarterbacks” for their commitment to giving back to the community. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was honored as the evening’s “MVP.” WCBS sports anchor Otis Livingston served as host for the evening.
The 2015 gala raised more than $1.9 million and celebrated a partnership between New York’s football teams and UWNYC that has raised more than $26 million for programs that support education, health and wellness for New York City students.
“We are so thankful to the New York Giants and New York Jets for their unwavering support of United Way of New York City and their commitment to community service,” said Sheena Wright, president and CEO of United Way of New York City. “Together, we are addressing the challenges faced every day by our youth and are working to build a ‘City of Possibility’ for every New Yorker.”
Since 1973, United Way and the NFL have worked together to strengthen America’s communities. United Way of New York City, in partnership with the New York Giants and the New York Jets created the Gridiron Gala in 1994 to celebrate this unique partnership.