Dearth lends a helping hand in Queens

The New York Jets today teamed up with the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and the Borough of Queens to help improve Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, NY.

Tight end James Dearth, cornerback Drew Coleman, defensive tackle Matt McChesney, safety Eric Smith, and offensive tackle Anthony Clement volunteered their time to make improvements to the entrance of Roy Wilkins Park including cleaning up the park entrance and participating in a landscaping project by planting flowers, bushes and shrubs.

The Jets, NFL Charities and UWNYC also presented a check for $5,000 to the South Queens Park Association (SQPA) which operates the park.

During this national day of community service, approximately 300 NFL players, team reps and their families, from every NFL team, trade in their shoulder pads, cleats and helmets for tool belts, aprons or mud boots—whatever's needed—to lend aid and assistance to people in communities across the nation.

The Jets worked with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall's office to select a volunteer project for this year's Hometown Huddle. The Southern Queens Park Association has been a recipient of United Way funding in the past and more recently was awarded a grant for its workforce development programs from NYCWorks, an initiative of the New York City Council that is administered by UWNYC.

The partnership between United Way and the NFL—now in its 33rd year—is the longest running sports/charity relationship of its kind. It is one of many NFL run charities in which the New York Jets actively participate.

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