Jaws Youth Playbook (JYP) focuses on a mission to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

jawsjypJYP does this by raising awareness and advocating for the access to safe play and healthy choices, and supporting programs providing positive youth health and wellness platforms. JYP focuses on three Pillars of: Environment (access to play and physical play spaces), Nutrition and advocacy. Some examples of programming JYP supports under each pillar:

Environment: Programming such as building a fitness room at a Boys and Girls Club, constructing a playground in an under-privileged community, refurbishing ballfields in inner-city communities, etc.

Nutrition: Supporting Farmers Markets in underprivileged neighborhoods that don’t otherwise have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, supporting healthy food in school programs, etc.

Advocacy: Getting involved in PE in Schools, Ron testified in front of Congress in 2010 on the issue of Childhood Obesity, and other legislative, regulatory actions that impact childhood obesity

Because Life
is Played Off the Sidelines.
Born Learning Trail

Chester is one of the poorest cities in Pennsylvania, but the stakes are unbelievably high. Drugs, poverty and gang-related violence have left a trail of hardship and heartbreak across the city.

To help provide a safe outlet for youth to “be kids,” JYP, in partnership with the City of Chester Department of Parks and Recreation, is supporting the installation of Born Learning Trails in two park locations to provide learning and play opportunities on either side of Chester.

Farnham Park

Farnham Park in Camden recently went through a major physical renovation. To complement the physical upgrades, JYP is supporting programming in the park for Summer and the school year through staff who will create, coordinate and oversee opportunities for safe play in the public areas of the park.

ShopRite LPGA

The Jaws Youth Playbook partnered with the ShopRite LPGA Classic and hosted hundreds of underserved youth at the tournament for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the golf classic and experience a unique golf exhibition hosted by LPGA professionals.

Eagles Game

Annually, in partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles, JYP hosts hundreds of youth from programs served throughout the year at an Eagles pre-season game. For many of the attendees this is their very first professional sports game.

CATCH Program In Camden

CATCH is a Coordinated School Health Program promoting physical activity and healthy food choices for elementary school aged children. JYP provided funding for CATCH to be implemented in several Camden area schools. For many of these schools, this program was the only Physical Education in the curriculum

Playground at PROJECT H.O.M.E.

Jaws Youth Playbook supported the installation of playground at a Project H.O.M.E. complex in Philadelphia’s Ridge/Diamond neighborhood that provides housing for women and children that were formerly homeless. This neighborhood is the second hungriest area in Pennsylvania, with almost 50% of families living below poverty level.

"Kick It Up for Recess"

For MLK Day of Service, Jaws Youth Playbook and United Way conducted a program - Kick it Up for Recess, where volunteers filled hundreds of sports activity bags and team kits with high-quality balls, bats, gloves, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, jump ropes and other items for after-school and summer recreation programs throughout the Philadelphia region.

GMC & JYP Playground Build

Jaws Youth Playbook joined GMC, United Way and Fairmount Park Conservancy to build a United Way Healthy Kids Zone. Celebrities and volunteers helped build a playground to provide a place for children to play in the North Philadelphia community.

New gym Floor

Ron Jaworski was joined by residents and staff from Baker Victory Services to dedicate a new gym floor which was paid for through a Jaws Youth Playbook grant

Back to Football Friday

NFL Play 60 and the United Way are teaming up for Back to Football Friday, and exciting campaign to advance youth health and wellness as a national priority. Ron Jaworski will serve as the official UW Spokesperson for this campaign. The PSA featured Camden’s Staley Park Panthers.

NFL Play 60 Program

In less than six hours, more than 200 volunteers - including Jaws, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden - built a brand new playground for the children at RISE Academy in conjunction with 2010 Pro Bowl and the NFL Play 60 Community Blitz Program.

Supporting Farmer's Markets in Camden

Jaws Youth Playbook is a proud supporter of Camden Farmer’s Markets. Given the limited access to fresh produce in Camden, Camden AHEC manages four farmers markets located throughout the city. The markets provide Jersey-grown produce as well as cooking demonstrations, nutrition consultations, health screenings and health promotion. The market serves more than 8,000 customers annually.

Jaws Football & Cheerleading Clinic

More than 200 youth participated in the Jaws Youth FUNDamental Football and cheerleading clinic in Lehigh Valley, including participants from the Boys and Girls Clubs in Lehigh, Bethlehem and Allentown.

Football Clinic
Jaws Helps Restore from Hurricane Sandy

Ron Jaworski, along with players from Ventnor City Pirates, and representatives REVIVE ─ Atlantic County’s Long Term Recovery Group, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), and the Ventnor community gathered in August 2013 to unveil a recently rebuilt athletic field that was ravaged by Super Storm Sandy. Repairs from the $30,000 grant from Jaws Youth Playbook include Refreshment Stand, Fieldhouse, Batting Cages, Sheds and Fences. In addition, the grant covered the cost of new athletic equipment, fieldhouse appliances and a new scoreboard!