Hurricane Sandy has left a devastating impact up and down the east coast. Being a part of the Ocean City community Jersey Premier Soccer also felt Sandy’s wrath. With our increasing effort towards charitable work, this was an immediate opportunity to give back to the community. JPS staff were ready to get to work to help out it’s fellow neighbors.
JPS coaches were quick to assist as soon as the evacuation order from Ocean City, NJ was lifted. Coaches Terry Gibbs and Dan Ash helped the staff of Glazed Over, on Asbury Avenue; remove damaged flooring so that the rebuilding process could begin immediately.
Later that week coaches Terry Gibbs, Leon Brown, Dan Ash and Jonny Eldridge went out into Ocean City and helped people clean out their homes throughout the north end. The guys remove damaged flooring; carpets and furniture which helped make life that little bit easier for the residents. No doubt the boys tried their best to bring smiles to Ocean City throughout these testing times with their wry sense of humor.
JPS coach Leon Brown and his U13 Girls we also instrumental in lending a helping hand to such a worthy cause. The team collected clothes, food, toiletries, sleeping bags and other necessity which will go a long way in rebuilding the lives of those affected. All Donations were made to the St Augustine Church in Ocean City who will in turn distribute to the needy.
Alongside the collection to St. Augustine Church was a donation from Montclair Pumas. The JPS U12 Girls played against them on November 11th and their parents gave warm clothing and blankets to help the people struggling in our area.
There has been a great outpouring of helpfulness, togetherness and fighting spirit in south Jersey as we look past the devastation and rebuild as one. Jersey Premier Soccer will be there to help out every step of the way.
Jersey Premier Soccer have also been involved in the ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ for the American Cancer Society throughout the month of October by selling armbands and giving all net proceeds to the charity. JPS raised over $1,000 thanks to the soccer players and parents of South Jersey. For more on the story click here.