Jaws Youth Playbook

The Jaws Youth Playbook (formerly the Jaws Youth Fund) helps to combat childhood obesity and keep today’s youth active and fit. The epidemic of childhood obesity is an issue of great importance to Ron Jaworski personally, to the United Way, and to the National Football League.

The facts surrounding childhood obesity are startling. Nearly one in three children and teens in the U.S. are obese or overweight. That is more than 23 million youth. In the last two decades, the rate of overweight children has doubled.

We know that youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to have health risk factors associated to cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type II diabetes. In contrast, the benefits to good health translate to the classroom where studies show that fit students are less likely to have disciplinary problems and perform better on standardized tests.

Jaws Youth Playbook (JYP) will focus on a mission to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region. JYP will do this by raising awareness and advocating for the access to safe play and healthy choices, and supporting programs providing positive youth health and wellness platforms. JYP focuses on three Pillars of: Environment (access to play and physical play spaces), Nutrition and advocacy. Some examples of programming JYP supports under each pillar:

» Environment: Programming such as building a fitness room at a Boys and Girls Club, constructing a playground in an under-privileged community, refurbishing ballfields in inner-city communities, etc.

» Nutrition: Supporting Farmers Markets in underprivileged neighborhoods that don’t otherwise have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, supporting healthy food in school programs, etc.

» Advocacy: Getting involved in PE in Schools, Ron testified in front of Congress in 2010 on the issue of Childhood Obesity, and other legislative, regulatory actions that impact childhood obesity.

We invite you to attend one of the many great upcoming events hosted by JYP in 2012:

Ron Jaworski Celebrity Golf Challenge
May 20-21, 2012
Harrah’s Resort & Atlantic City Country Club
The cornerstone of Jaws Youth Playbook events, this annual golf challenge held at Harrah’s And Atlantic City Country Club includes two celebrity-amateur golf tournaments, a Hollywood-style pairings party, Cigar Lounge, tons of celebrities and more.

Pulte Group Golf Outing
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Valleybrook Country Club  |  Noon Shotgun
This golf outing focused on construction and home-building trades industry sells out annually. 

Celebrity Softball Game
July 11, 2012
Campbell’s Field, Camden, NJ | 5pm
Celebrity Captains Ron Jaworski and LeSean McCoy will lead star-studded teams battling each other in a friendly exhibition. Following the game, there will be a Meet-and-Greet with the celebrities.

Quarterback Scramble 5K & 1 Mile Walk
July 29, 2012
82nd Street Park, Stone Harbor, NJ | 8am
A football-themed 5K run, 1 mile walk and kids Touchdown run.

JYP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mimi Box, JBJ Soul Foundation
Ron Jaworski, ESPN, Philadelphia Soul, RJ Management
Liz Jaworski, Ron Jaworski Management
Joleen Jaworski, Business Clubs America
William Jaworski, Running Deer Golf Club
John Langel, Ballard Spahr LLP
Sara L. McCullough, United Ways of the Delaware Valley
Sal Paolantonio, ESPN
Charles E. Sessa, Jr., UBS Financial Services Inc.

Learn more about Jaws Youth Playbook by visiting them online at www.JawsYouthPlaybook.org.

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