On September 19th, The Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx hosted the local launch of Character Playbook with representatives from the New York Giants, United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and Verizon. Current Giants players Jay Bromley, Kelvin Sheppard, Mark Herzlich and former player Amani Toomer visited with students as they worked on the course, and shared advice on how to resolve conflicts and build character. “Character is important because it’s who you are as a person. It’s everything you grow into and continue to develop each and every day of your life,” said Jay Bromley, defensive tackle.
More than 300 students then joined the players, event emcee and two-time Super Bowl champion David Diehl, UWNYC President & CEO Sheena Wright and Verizon executives for a school-wide assembly. In the school’s gymnasium students asked players questions about how they build healthy relationships on and off the field, and deal responsibly with their emotions. It proved to be a great conversation that further reinforced the important topics covered in Character Playbook.
Thanks to the Giants, UWNYC, Verizon and Character Playbook, Eagle Academy is now equipped with a valuable resource to further develop these important skills as students progress through life.