MetLife, along with the New York Giants and New York Jets, has launched online auctions to support programs that help students better prepare for their future. As part of MetLife’s ‘Inside the Huddle’ initiative, the auction will help raise funds to benefit Year Up New York | New Jersey and the Far Rockaway Giants and Harlem Giants of the New York City Police (NYPD) Foundation.
New York Giants players Julian Love and Graham Gano and New York Jets players Laken Tomlinson and Quinnen Williams serve as ambassadors for the “Inside the Huddle” program, offering both experiences and authentic merchandise to bid on. as well as promotional support for the program.
Open through GivingTuesday November 29, 2022, two online auctions – one for the Jets and another for the Giants – will offer unique experiences and authentic merchandise, including photos, footballs, jerseys and helmets signed by current and former players. Unique experiences available at auction include:
- The “Laken Tomlinson Experience” – a tour of the Atlantic Health Jets training facility in Florham Park, NJ, and a Jamaican-style dinner with Tomlinson for four.
- The “Quinnen Williams Experience” – playing Madden with Williams at the Atlantic Health Jets training center in Florham Park, NJ, for four people.
- The “Graham Gano Experience” – a kicking lesson with Gano at MetLife Stadium’s Quest Diagnostics Training Center for four people.
- The “Julian Love Experience” – an evening of games with Love at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center at MetLife Stadium for four people.
Plus, VIP game tickets, training camp passes, training facility tours with team legends and a game day tour of the team are available for auction. Love, Gano and Tomlinson will dedicate their custom NFL “My Cause, My Cleats” cleats to their respective partner organizations and put them up for auction.
“The MetLife and Jets initiative supporting Year Up New York | New Jersey helps students prepare for their future,” said New York Jets offensive guard Laken Tomlinson. “I hope my experience – a tour of the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and a fantastic Jamaican dinner with me – will help raise funds to continue supporting deserving students and providing them with more career opportunities.”
“The ‘Inside the Huddle’ initiative with MetLife and the New York Jets will allow Year Up New York | New Jersey to reach more young adults and, in partnership with Year Up Professional Resources, has connected one of our students with an internship at MetLife Stadium, where they will gain real-life experience to help launch their professional careers,” said Nadine Sylvester, Site Director of Year Up New York | New Jersey.
In support of the initiative, MetLife will donate $30,000 to each team’s charity for a total of $60,000. These funds will be added to the funds raised directly from the auction. All authentic auction experiences and merchandise are offered by MetLife, in partnership with the New York Jets, New York Giants, and Player Ambassadors.
“Bidding on auction items is an easy way for fans to make a difference in the lives of the Far Rockaway and Harlem Giants and their families,” said New York Giants kicker Graham Gano. “My experience – a kicking lesson at the training center – will be a lot of fun and, most importantly, will raise funds, matched by MetLife, which will give children the extra support they need in school and on the job. ground.”
“The New York City Police Foundation is grateful to our sponsors, MetLife and the New York Giants, and to everyone who participates in the online auction in support of the Far Rockaway and Harlem Giants program and young people who benefit,” said Susan Birnbaum, president and CEO of the New York City Police Foundation, which funds the program. “The Far Rockaway and Harlem Giants program is an exceptional initiative that continues to transform lives and strengthen our city by connecting young people with police officers.”
MetLife’s “Inside the Huddle” initiative is one of the ways the company invests in young people in its communities and promotes more equitable access to opportunity. This partnership with the New York Giants and New York Jets – which raises awareness and funds for the New York City Police Foundation’s Far Rockaway Giants and Harlem Giants, and Year Up New York | New Jersey – enables the company to live its purpose and build a more confident future for all.
The “Inside the Huddle” auction will open via GivingTuesday, November 29, 2022. To bid on Giants items, visit www.giants.com/metlife. To bid on Jets items, visit www.nyjets.com/metlife. All auction proceeds will go directly to Year Up and the New York City Police Foundation’s Far Rockaway Giants and Harlem Giants.