The New York Football Giants are known for their charity work, so it was no surprise that a number of Big Blue players came out yesterday to play in the annual Newark Mentoring golf outing at the Bayonne Golf Club.
“It’s right up my ally,” said new Giant Michael Thomas. “Anything to help kids or our youth period.”
Thomas was joined by Zak DeOssie, Justin Tuck and Jeff Feagles among others for the main fundraiser for Newark Mentoring, an organization, which helps mentoring programs in the Newark area. As it said in its website, “Rather, we are a network for organizations and individuals seeking to serve Newark youth through mentoring. We support programs and schools to do great work and impact more youth.”
“Eight years ago, and right off the bat we had this event, because you can’t have an organization without any resources. and the Giants have been with us since the beginning,” said Trustee Chairman Ron Piervincenzi and added that the first year Michael Strahan came and acted as the auctioneer at the event, essentially doubling what was expected.
“His charisma came out and squeezed everyone,” joked Piervincenzi.
And since he was mayor at the time, the event holds a special place for Senator and Presidential Candidate Cory Booker, who made an appearance at the event yesterday.
According to Piervencenzi, the event raises between $150,000 to $200,000, which handles their operating expenses for the year.
And to borrow a baseball term, it’s a home run. With the Giants heavily involved the event was oversold with more players than expected coming to play in Bayonne, which is a very beautiful walking course.
And of course, it helped that the weather held out too.
“I had a chance to talk to young ladies and young men and outside of football,” Thomas said of mentoring, “anything that helps you successful in life.”