Carteret, NJ – Carteret High School football alumni will face off against Perth Amboy in a first-ever alumni flag-football fundraiser for the Carteret and Perth Amboy Boys & Girls Clubs.
On Wednesday, November 26th, approximately 70 alumni players will play in the first alumni game between the two football teams. Kickoff for the event will be at Waters Stadium in Perth Amboy, and is set for 6 p.m.
The players who will take the field graduated from one of the two high schools between 1980 and 2010.
Players, referees and coordinators will volunteer their efforts to support the Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy and Carteret. Funds will benefit numerous BGC programs including “Diplomas to Degrees,” a college readiness program which provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success, and “Project Learn,” which reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. According to Carteret school board member Daniel Croson, studies have shown that students perform better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities.
“The BGC programs in Carteret have proven effective in our community. We have teamed up with BGC to serve over 700 Carteret kids and families and look forward building our campaign that great futures start in our communities,” said Mayor Dan Reiman of Carteret.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Perth Amboy & Carteret:
For the Boys & Girls Clubs of Perth Amboy & Carteret, there is one persistent dream – a world where every child is given the opportunity to succeed in life and experience a brighter future. We serve with one purpose – to enable all young people especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Established by the Jewish Renaissance Foundation, one of New Jersey’s most established nonprofit corporations (www.jrfnj.org), the Boys & Girls Clubs of Perth Amboy & Carteret is a part of a unified nationwide affiliation of more than 4,000 Clubs who in all 50 states (and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) serve over 4 million children and youth every day. We are part of a national movement with over 100 years of changing and saving so many young lives. In Perth Amboy and Carteret, over 700 children and youth, ages 6-18, of all races, ethnicities, and income levels are served by our clubs. For more information visit http://www.bgcpa.us www.facebook.com/BGCPERTHAMBOY or www.twitter.com/BGCofPERTHAMBOY
“Study after study has shown that students who participate in afterschool programs, like Boys & Girls Club, have higher test scores, are less likely to become involved in criminal behavior, and develop a more positive sense of self,” said Reiman. “The opening of our local BGC has proven to be a big step towards an improved school system.”
Council President Susan Naples, who has served as an administrator in the Carteret school district, noted the success similar programs have had in the past. “As an educator for over thirty years, I have witnessed first-hand how much of a difference afterschool programs can make in a child’s life. I always look forward to seeing more of what the Boys & Girls Club is able to do in our middle school and in the lives of the students they serve.”