Teaming up with nonprofit STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union, the New York Jets honored their first Upstander of the Week of 2018.
The New York Jets have reunited with national nonprofit STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union to run the Jets Upstander of the Week program, which rewards children throughout the tri-state area in their efforts to combat bullying of all kinds. The first 2018 edition honors Siya L. of Piscataway, NJ, a second-grader at Millburn Middle School.
“Siya is always cooperative with others,” Millburn guidance counselor Dominick Pisa said in a Jets team statement. “She has a love of learning and being helpful to teachers and classmates. Since our school has created the buddy bench, Siya has taken the time to acknowledge if a peer needs someone to play with and takes initiative to introduce herself.” Siya’s good deeds have been commemorated on the Jets’ social media accounts, and she will also be showcased on the MetLife Stadium scoreboards for the Jets’ home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday (1:00 pm ET, CBS).
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 14, 2018
Opening in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying is dedicated to improving student culture in schools throughout America. The group provides education and outreach for children and teens in various forms of bullying, including, but not limited to, homophobia, cyberbullying, racism, and hatred. Along with the Jets, their other corporate partners include ESPN, Fox Sports Supports, and Marvel Comics.
“We have always been an organization for kindness,” reads STOMP’s manifesto. “We welcome diversity and inclusivity. We work shoulder to shoulder in unity. We empower the fearful to be fearless in this pursuit. And together we will find the answers, to change the culture, for good.”
The Jets’ anti-bullying campaign, known as the Jets Tackle Bullying program, has teamed up with both STOMP and MCU to pacify bullying in the tri-state area. Notably, the Jets donated $200,000 to the New York City Department of Education to create online simulations that take down bullying and bias in classroom environments.
For more on the Jets’ anti-bullying efforts, visit their official website.