Bruce Harper Wins Legends Impact Grant

Heroes & Cool Kids - Bruce HarperThe NFL Foundation announced the Legends Impact Grant, which recognizes the outstanding and ongoing philanthropic efforts of NFL Legends. Bruce Harper was named as one of the winners for his work with the Heroes & Cool Kids organization.

A new component to the NFL Foundation’s Player Foundation Grant initiative, the Award supports NFL Legends’ commitment to making their communities healthy, happy, and safe through their non-profit foundations. 

“Philanthropy plays such a large role in NFL players’ lives,” said NFL Executive Director of the NFL Foundation and Senior Director of Philanthropy ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “We are proud to support these incredible NFL Legends who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.” 

NFL Legends ALAN PAGE, BRUCE HARPER and STEVE YOUNG were selected as the inaugural winners, and were awarded $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000, respectively for their foundations. In 2018, the NFL Foundation awarded $830,000 in Player Foundation Grants to support 68 non-profit foundations led by current players and NFL Legends.  


In 1998 Heroes & Cool Kids started in just three school districts – Glen Rock, Perth Amboy and Monmouth New Jersey. To date, twenty eight hundred high school “heroes” are reaching over 22,000 elementary school youngsters. At least 10 new schools will join us in the fall. Former professional athletes and potential teen leaders attend conferences at Bergen Community College and/or Vonage on how to become mentors in their schools. The teens then, throughout the school year, November to May, mentor middle school students on important life skills. These skills include sportsmanship, conflict resolution and positive lifestyle choices highlighting drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention.

Please join us in congratulating Bruce Harper on winning this grant. You can read more about Heroes & Cool Kids on their website.

JetNation Cooks With The Best Of Them With ICE At MetLife Stadium

The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) finished out their 2015/16 season of cooking with New York Jets Fans and Players at MetLife Stadium. The event, titled “New York Jets Favorites,” hosted a variety of favorites from past events. In classic style, fans learned to how prepare and cook meals in stations with the excellent chefs from ICE, and NY Jets players. A few of the dishes were Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Premio Sausage and Peppers, BBQ Pulled Pork, and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Dessert included Apple Pie Hand Pies and Cannoli’s.  Jets players of past and present were there including Nick Folk, Bruce Harper, and Mark Gastineau, who continuously led the fans in multiple Jets chants!

JetNation is very thankful to be a part of ICE’s events with the New York Jets. We look forward to next season, and hope to see more Jets fans too!

You don’t have to wait until Jets Cooking School learn new recipes and cooking techniques though. Find out more information about ICE and sign up today!



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Courtney Aurillo Interviews Wesley Walker & Bruce Harper

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Last week I attended the New York Jets cooking school event presented by the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and Chase. ICE lets either current or former NY Jets players cook and interact with the public with the assistance of culinary professionals.

I had the  honor to not only interview, but spend some quality time with former Jets running back Bruce Harper and wide receiver Wesley Walker.  They discussed what it was like playing together, Walt Michaels, Al Toon and what they are up to these days.  The chemistry between the two remains the same, if not stronger, and you can tell they both still bleed green.

Click play to listen to the interview or you can check it out on our NY Jets iTunes feed.