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22nd Annual Gridiron Games
Team Steelers celebrating after a great game at MetLife Stadium
Team Steelers celebrating after a great game at MetLife Stadium






Former New York Jets and New York Giants Players Joined Bigs and Littles
 on the Field


17 of NYC’s Top Law Firms Battle for Gridiron Games Trophy,

Raising Over $257,000 for BBBS of NYC Youth Mentoring Programs


East Rutherford, NJ, October 29, 2016 –Over 150 children from New York City’s five boroughs experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of playing football on the same field as NFL stars at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC’s (BBBS of NYC) 22nd Annual Gridiron Games.


Each year, the Gridiron Games brings children (“Littles”) from BBBS of NYC’s mentoring programs and their adult mentors (“Bigs”) to MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Jets and the New York Giants.  Former New York Jets, Glenn Foley, Fred Baxter and Tony Richardson, and former New York Giants, Billy Taylor and Karl Nelson, joined the Big and Little matches for an exciting day of touch football games and drills, while the New York Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders cheered on the participants and taught dance moves to the Littles on the sidelines.



After the games and activities, the Littles and Bigs were treated to a special tour of the locker rooms and enjoyed lunch in one of the stadium’s VIP clubs. The former NFL players and special guests spoke to the Littles about the importance of education, making positive choices in their daily lives, and working hard to achieve their dreams.


“The Gridiron Games give our Littles a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play football on the same field as their NFL heroes, while reinforcing valuable life lessons about teamwork, sportsmanship and working hard to achieve their dreams,” said Jared Landaw, chair of the 2016 Gridiron Games and co-founder of the event. “This is an unforgettable day for these young people, and I look forward to this event year after year.” Mr. Landaw is a member of the Board of Trustees of BBBS of NYC, which also includes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The National Football League supports this event. 



“Today is a great metaphor for our Agency’s mission. Our Bigs cheered on their Littles to make it to the next yard to score a touchdown, as they do throughout the year, encouraging their Littles to take the extra steps needed to achieve their goals,” said Hector Batista, chief executive officer of BBBS of NYC. “I would like to thank our mentors for making our mission possible, and I would also like to express my gratitude to our Gridiron Games sponsors, who play a tremendous role in the success of this event year after year.”


In the afternoon, the Gridiron Games turned into a competitive touch football tournament between 17 of New York City’s top law firms, raising over $257,000 for BBBS of NYC.  After the tournament, participants celebrated at a special cocktail reception in the Stadium’s VIP Lounge, and the winning team was awarded the Gridiron Games trophy.  To date, the Gridiron Games has raised over $2 million for BBBS of NYC, which supports the organization’s mission of providing one-to-one mentoring relationships to young people across the five boroughs. Currently, BBBS of NYC serves more than 5,200 young people in New York City each year.



The 2016 Gridiron Games were sponsored by Compass Lexecon, Skytop Strategies, MacKenzie Partners, Charles River Associates, Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger & Grossmann, LLP, Ross, Aronstam & Moritz, LLP, Sidley Austin LLP and Stout Risius Ross. Additional support was received from NFL Play60 and JetsFest.


Participating law firms included Desmarais, LLP; Freshfields; Fried Frank;  Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Skadden; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Cadwalader; Simpson Thacher; Allen & Overy LLP; Schulte, Roth, & Zabel; Morrison & Foerster; and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. 


For more information about the Gridiron Games, visit


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City’s most at-risk youth since 1904. The volunteer- and donor-based organization offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children facing more complex challenges – including immigrant youth, teen mothers and children of incarcerated parents – as well as the Workplace Mentoring Center, which helps businesses throughout New York City positively impact the lives of young people and build a foundation for professional success. Additionally, since 1992 BBBS of NYC has worked through its Center for Training and Professional Development to equip non-profit professionals throughout New York City to develop and enhance their own mentoring and youth-development programs and organizations.


Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city’s most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures. To learn more, become a mentor and/or offer support, please visit


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