For over 35 years, Jaws Youth Playbook has been working hard to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region. The Jaworski’s mission is to create and/or refurbish safe places for kids to play including gym’s, ball-fields, schools and parks.
Jaws Youth Playbook (JYP) is the foundation of Former Eagles QB and NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski. JYP works to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia region.
The former Eagles quarterback, through his foundation, donated $100,000 towards rehabilitating 4th and Washington Park. The Vince Lombardi Trophy, said Ron Jaworski, weighs just 7 pounds.”But it takes a team to lift it!” thundered the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Wednesday, as he and local officials broke ground on a rehabilitation project for a park that was once a haven for drug dealers, users and other people up to no good. Benigno “Pino” Rodriguez stood nearby, hoping the park project at 4th and Clinton streets means the city will start helping him and his neighbors lift their Lanning Square West neighborhood. To read more :
We strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the freedom, empowerment, and health benefits of riding a bicycle. Unfortunately, purchasing a bicycle can be very costly, which makes it a major challenge for families living in underserved communities. That’s why we hold our annual Holiday Bike Drive every December. This event is a major initiative that provides hundreds of children with a brand-new bicycle, helmet, lock, and basic safety education. Our Holiday Bike Drive is hosted by Ron Jaworski’s Foundation, Jaws Youth Playbook, and is made possible by the support of community members, volunteers, and generous sponsors like yourself!
To date, we have given away more than 1,800 bicycles to children living in underserved communities such as Camden, Vineland, Bridesburg, Atlantic City, Kensington, and Wildwood. From our family to yours, we extend our heartfelt thanks!
Youngstown had a key impact on my career as an NFL Quarterback. That’s why I donated $100,000 over 4 years to my alma mater for their sports media and broadcasting center. YSU has named it the Ron Jaworski Gateway to Success. The Ron Jaworski Gateway to Success is located on the south side of YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium. All Youngstown State University athletes pass through the Jaworski Gateway numerous times a week as through these doors are the YSU Athletic Academic Center, the athletic training room and treatment facilities, the weight room and the human performance lab. All three components are an integral part of every YSU student athlete’s life. The Ron Jaworski Gateway to Success will stand as an illustration and motivation to all Penguin student-athletes of what they can achieve in life with hard work and determination. Funds donated will also be used for the television and production students to further their careers in broadcasting.
My Foundation partnered up with the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition to help build the “Lil Philly Safety Village” – the FIRST EVER Bike Traffic Park in Philadelphia! Young children have a hard time finding places to learn street safety, especially in cities such as Philadelphia. This Bike Safety Village was created to change that with a kid-sized, colorful park with roads, traffic lights, intersections, pedestrian crossings, and bike lanes! JYP was able to donate $25,000 to help bring safety to this much-needed high-traffic park. The new bike park is in Hunting Park where Jaws Youth Playbook previously completed two other projects – a multi-purpose turf field in partnership with the Michael Vick Foundation AND a brand-new playground.
The Boys & Girls Club of Germantown was in desperate need of an outdoor space for kids to play during Recess and Summer Camps. That’s when my foundation stepped in to donate $80,000 to build TWO (2) brand-new, safe & enclosed playgrounds. Playgrounds are vital for every child’s development and shield them from adversity in their daily lives. Play also gives children a chance to practice what they are learning in the classroom.
My Foundation, Jaws Youth Playbook, donated $25,000 to build a new playground for the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland County in Vineland, NJ. The new playground will give children a safe and fun place to play, make memories, and be active! We would like to thank The CEO Group of Vineland for all their support over the years to Jaws Youth Playbook to make this playground build possible!
Jaws Youth Playbook joined forces with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and gifted $25,000 to support the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City for a brand-new gym. In 2014, repairs were needed, but due to costs the floor was painted rather than replaced or repaired. Eight years later, replacement needs became obvious. The bleachers and gym dividers, which allow multiple activities to take place, were also no longer functional.
The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City is a place for learning, exercising, and building a community. This new gym will help the youth of Atlantic City have a safe space to play, run, and have fun. We are so grateful to have helped such an amazing project come to life! We can’t wait to see what ALL-STAR athletes begin their journey here!
Six years ago, Whitman Park was one of the largest urban hot spots for illegal dumping in the state of New Jersey. It was full of bricks, cinder blocks, roofs falling from buildings, graffiti, broken glass, empty bottles, and other trash all over the site of the Whitman Tigers. Below the buildings, the United States Environmental Protection Agency found soil containing mercury and other toxins.
The people of Camden knew their youth deserved better than their complex’s conditions. When my foundation found out about the conditions of the Whitman Tigers field, I knew he had to help the community of Camden. My Foundation, Jaws Youth Playbook, donated $55,000 to help this initiative grow into a new multi-purpose turf field, playground, baseball fields, and overall secure space in the community to gather and enjoy their town.
Ron Jaworski, along with players from the Hunting Park Aztecs celebrate their brand new field in Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. Jaws Youth Playbook along with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick and the Team Vick Foundation, officially dedicated Team Vick Field at Hunting Park. The dedication ceremony celebrated the transformation of the football field, serving as a place of pride for Hunting Park’s 2004 Pop Warner Championship team, the North Philadelphia Aztecs! The Hunting Park Revitalization Project is a community-driven effort to make transformative capital and programmatic improvements to the 87 acres of Hunting Park. The Philly Aztecs have since went on to win the 61st Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship in 2018.
Ron Jaworski, along with players from Ventnor City Pirates, and representatives REVIVE ─ Atlantic County’s Long Term Recovery Group, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), and the Ventnor community gatheredto unveil a recently rebuilt athletic field that was ravaged by Super Storm Sandy. Repairs from the $30,000 grant from Jaws Youth Playbook include Refreshment Stand, Fieldhouse, Batting Cages, Sheds and Fences. In addition, the grant covered the cost of new athletic equipment, fieldhouse appliances and a new scoreboard!
Can you imagine kids not wanting to play during recess because the ground was covered in chips that got “in your shoes, your hair and just every where.”
That’s the case at Woodland Academy/ Keystone Star 3 Day care enter. Through a JYP grant, Woodland was able to replace the play surface for the hundreds of youth who utilize this playground in the Cobb’s Creek section of Philadelphia.
Ron Jaworski and United HealthCare teamed up with More than 200 volunteers gathered in Darby Borough on Saturday to build a new playground at Park Lane Elementary School. Volunteers from the community, William Penn School District, Park Lane Elementary and organizers from the KaBoom!
Through dollars and activation of players, the NFL Alumni Association supports the nationwide Fuel Up to Play 60 effort, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). More than 70,000 schools are involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 nationwide.
Chester is one of the poorest cities in Pennsylvania, but the stakes are unbelievably high. Drugs, poverty and gang-related violence have left a trail of hardship and heartbreak across the city. To help provide a safe outlet for youth to “be kids”, JYP, in partnership with the City of Chester Department of Parks and Recreation, is supporting the installation of Born Learning Trails in two park locations to provide learning and play opportunities on either side of Chester
A youth football team in the Frankford section of Philadelphia was all smiles, but not due to a winning touchdown or interception, but because they were able to have a real practice after their equipment was stolen from them. Vandals broke into the storage shed stealing a lot of the team’s equipment. Ron Jaworski’s charity, Jaws Youth Playbook, generously donated thousands of dollars in equipment to replace the items that were stolen. There’s a long proud tradition on their home turf of Gambrel Field; it is where the Philadelphia Eagles began as the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Jaworski, a former Eagle, wants to make sure that tradition carries on.
In 2015, Jaws Youth Playbook funds were dedicated to help with two new renovations at the Vineland YMCA. One being a Family Multipurpose Center, a 4,000-square-foot that will hold everything from basketball games to special needs sports to birthday parties and meetings. The other facility is the Family Health and Adventure Center, a 1,000-square-foot room with exercise equipment for both adults and children. The room, which also has a rock-climbing wall, is intended to inspire whole families to exercise together.
Jaws Youth Playbook teams up with Dick Smith to host a Jaws Junior Golf Tour which is Free for over 90 at-risk youth kids in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The mission of the Tour is to provide young golfers the opportunity to play competitive golf during their summer vacations. The tour is a developmental tour with juniors of varying skill levels testing their skills against their peers. The tour has age groups of 15-17 years old, 13-14 years old and 12 years old and under.
With the increase in violence in Atlantic City, Jaws Youth Playbook decided to help with the Boys & Girls Clubs after school programs. Funds helped support the Triple Play Program, first comprehensive health and wellness program, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships
Jaws Youth Playbook joined GMC, United Way and Fairmount Park Conservancy to build a United Way Healthy Kids Zone in Hunting Park. Celebrities and volunteers helped build a playground to provide a place for children to play in the North Philadelphia community.
MLK Day of Service, Jaws Youth Playbook and United Way conducted a program – Kick it Up for Recess, where volunteers filled hundreds of sports activity bags and team kits with high-quality balls, bats, gloves, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, jump ropes and other items for after-school and summer recreation programs throughout the Philadelphia region
Jaws Youth Playbook replaced an aging gym floor in the campus recreation and fitness center at Baker Victory Services (BVS). More than 5,000 children, adults and families are assisted annually through a diverse range of BVS programs.
Annually, in partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles, JYP and the NFLA hosts 150 of at-risk youth from programs served throughout the year at an Eagles pre-season game. For many of the attendees this is their very first professional sports game. JYP hosts a kid friendly tailgate with food and gift for each child.
Jaws Youth Playbook teamed up with the United Way to host a Philadelphia Soul Area Football Night, this game provided an opportunity for thousands of Philadelphia-area underserved youth to experience a professional football game. The tickets donated by JYP have been distributed by United Way to many deserving children in the communities throughout the Philadelphia area.
Jaws never forgets his roots! When he heard that his hometown of Lackawanna NY was going to lose its Little League Football program due to funds he had to jump right in. Jaws Youth Playbook donated new uniforms and equipment to over 200 youth football & cheerleaders this fall.