The road to the Superbowl is not just about football, it's also becoming more and more about philanthropy. Nearly $25,000 was raised during the A–F–C Championship Game with just one word, "Omaha". Businesses from the Nebraska town pledged $500 for every time Peyton Manning used it as code for a play. For the Superbowl, the ante is up to $1,700.
Even here in South Jersey, the Superbowl is scoring big for some area kids in need of a little inspiration.
A touch down for youngsters in Atlantic City as the two Boys and Girls Clubs are on the receiving end of a $100,000 donation from the Superbowl Committee, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Snowflake Youth Foundation.
And the Pennsylvania Avenue and Sovereign Avenue clubs are even featured in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation video on Youtube. The money was used to help repair the clubs after they were closed for four months because of Hurricane Sandy.
Club officials say the money couldn't have come at a better time following the devastation of Sandy, allowing them to continue their mission to help disadvantaged kids reach their full potential.
"With this donation, it allowed us to come back better then ever and that's what we wanted to do. It's a blessing. It definitely affected us not only monetarily, but emotionally. So to get that donation from someone like Robert Wood Johnson and the Superbowl. It was special," says Mekos Denson, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Atlantic City.
Repairs in the clubs included new floors, pool tables, televisions, and "top to bottom" cosmetic improvements, all in an effort to make the kids experience at these clubs even better.
More than 20 other youth organizations across the state also received similar donations.
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