It’s the Jets-iest time of the year. Besides collapsing late in the season, the Jets are making a mark in their local community. With the holidays upon us, the Jets took some time to put the game of football on pause and give back to the community, who has supported them through all the highs and lows.

Most recently, the Jets teamed up with NYPD to host a holiday shopping spree. The team brought kids from the Brooklyn Community Services Generation Jets Academy to Modell’s for a chance to start some early Christmas shopping. The kids picked out everything from jerseys, footwear, hats, and footballs at no cost.

Among the Jets that attended were Brent Qvale, Jeremy Clark, Brandon Shell and Eric Tomlinson. They spent the day with 25 students on the holiday shopping spree at the Modell’s in Bridgewater, New Jersey. At the end of the day, they rewarded each student with a $200 gift card as well.

But the Jets wouldn’t let their efforts stop there. Making a harder push on their annual efforts, the Jets continue to make a stand against bullying.

Stomp Out Bullying

Their yearly campaign “Jets Tackle Bullying” kicked off with the school year in August. But now, with recent strings of severe and heart-wrenching bullying making waves in the media, the Jets have upped their ante.

The campaign is designed to recognize those who stand up and stomp out bullying when and where it happens. In partnership with STOMP Out Bullying, the Jets have continuously shown support for those making their mark.

Their most recent Upstander of the Week Program highlights one student per week during the season across their social media platforms and on the video boards during home games. Here’s how the Jets decide on their Upstander of the Week via their wesbite: “When you see someone being bullied and/or cyberbullied and you help them, you stop being a bystander and become an Upstander!”

In line with the Upstander Program, the Jets also show support in their School Recognition Program, which focuses on schools who demonstrate and can articulate how their school combats bullying. Selected schools receive a fun filled assembly featuring a Jets player (via

With the holiday season now in full swing, the Jets are working to make it merry for everyone. Their recent efforts go beyond the game of football, and for that, we say thank you.

For more on NFL holiday givebacks, make sure to use and search the hashtag #MoreThanFootballFPC.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on


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