The National Football League, whose Super Bowl championship game will be played in New Jersey next year, will provide $2 million to rebuild youth playgrounds and gyms damaged by Hurricane Sandy, to help fight obesity in kids.
Governor Chris Christie, a New Jersey Republican campaigning for re-election this year, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the plan yesterday at a Boys and Girls Club in Hoboken that Sandy damaged last year. A new wooden gym floor, financed by the league, displays logos for the NFL Play 60 youth-activity program as well as the next Super Bowl.
Christie said no decisions have been made on where to direct the money.
“I will certainly make suggestions,” the governor told reporters as he signed autographs and posed for pictures with children. “There will be enough money to go around and help a lot of worthy causes. That’s one of the great things about the Super Bowl.”
The funds will be distributed by the league’s Snowflake Youth Foundation, according to the NFL. Christie and Goodell were joined by New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and John Mara, the New York Giants chief executive officer, as well as a number of players and league officials.
The Play 60 program encourages children to engage in an hour of play each day to combat obesity.
Sandy crashed ashore in New Jersey on Oct. 29, knocking out power to 2.7 million customers, devastating coastal towns and crippling mass transit. Christie, 50, has said it will cost $36.9 billion to rebuild and prevent future devastation.
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