New York Giants: Giant Hearts, Good Deeds of 2019

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Although the New York Giants may have had their share of ups and downs, there were still some bright spots in 2019, most notably off the field!

Here are some of the heartwarming stories from the 2019 year:

January Highlights:

Michael Thomas deservedly made the Pro Bowl and participated in Pro Bowl Community Day, serving meals and doing other great deeds

New York Giants legends Chris Canty and Kevin Dockery spent the day at the New York City Montessori School in the Bronx, teaching kids just how essential education is in achieving your goals

February Highlights:

Michael Thomas was awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at the NFL Honors for his extensive and substantial work in the community.  Thomas’ work has helped countless individuals in so many areas.  Thomas is truly the classiest, kindest most incredibly giving and this is truly the perfect way to honor all of the absolutely wonderful work he does for all!

Michael Thomas spent the off-season with congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee, learning and engaging with others to create change, proving he is a total game-changer

B.J. Hill and Nate Solder spent the day with individuals at Hackensack Meridian Fitness and Health’ Fitness Festival, stressing the importance of wellness

March Highlights:

Members of the New York Giants spent the day with individuals from the Special Olympics of New Jersey.  Garrett Dickerson spent some time on the sidelines with the Monroe Police Department, while B.J. Hill, Chad Wheeler and Kevin Dockery posed with the flag football participants

Former New York Giants running back Rob Martin was a substitute teacher for the second grade at his former elementary school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

April Highlights

Rhett Ellison talked to students at Ioan Prep, teaching them about faith and education and their importance in their daily lives

Zak DeOssie and other members of the New York Giants attended the America Needs You Golf Tournament to help students further their education

Michael Thomas, along with former New York Giants running back Paul Perkins attended the Food Bank for New York City’s #CanDoNYC event to eradicate hunger

Grant Haley, Kareem Martin and Markus Golden participated in the NFL’s Play60 initiative to get kids active

Saquon Barkley met with Jared at the 2019 NFL Draft party, a member of the Make-A-Wish-Foundation of New Jersey spending time with him and his family and posed for pictures

Saquon Barkley participated in this year’s March of Dime Superhero Sprint to bring awareness to helping mothers and babies

May Highlights

Michael Thomas was honored as a Hometown Hero at this year’s Gridiron Gala.  Thomas philanthropy and kindness most certainly should not go unrecognized!

Former New York Giants Jonathan Casillas, Avery Moss and Tae Davis and current member Markus Golden visited Lewis F. Cole Middle School to work with student’s and show them the importance of moving

Sean Chandler was honored at the ICL Gala for achieving his goals, overcoming adveristy and helping other do the same

Saquon Barkley hosted a football camp for kids at his alma mater Penn State, teaching kids the essential skills for football and beyond

Wide receiver Cody Latimer went back to his hometown to help those ravaged by a tornado

Former New York Giants Kevin Dockery, Evan Brown, Victor Salako, Nick Gates and Chad Slade worked together to paint a house for Habitat for Humanity

June Highlights

Garrett Dickerson hosted his “Crazy Legs Youth Camp” for a free day of fun and football!

Michael Thomas hosted a football camp teaching kids the game of football as well as leadership both on and off the field

Kenny Ladler hosted a free football camp in his hometown to give back to the communtiy that bred him

Markus Golden hosted a  football camp for kids to learn the proper way to play and carry themselves in football and beyond

Former New York Giant Jonathan Casillas also hosted his Forward Progress Camp, helping the youth learn important aspects of football that they can carry with them in the game and life

Freedom Akinmoladun visited a football combine to let kids know how they should always work their hardest in everything they do

Antonio Hamilton’s football camp taught kids that with hard work and perseverance they too can achieve success

Chad Slade’s football camp supported future football players in their paths to the NFL

Tom Coughlin’s Annual Sundae Blitz saw current and former members of the New York Giants spending time with kids and their families

Michael Thomas and long snapper Zak DeOssie attended the Newark Mentoring charity gala

The New York Giants partnered with My Sister’s Place, an organization aimed at ending domestic violence

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard visited Stop and Shop, to bring awareness to food banks and their goal to stomp out hunger

July Highlights

Dalvin Tomlinson taught kids how eating well and physical activity go hand in hand

Saquon Barkley met with George Taylor a young teen diagnosed with cancer, who used Barkley as motivation and inspiration

August Highlights

Antoine Bethea and Michael Thomas gave a $10,000 grant to Binghamton Youth Football program, so that they have the equipment they need to excel in the game of football

Members of the New York Giants, including Kareem Martin, Jon Halapio and Freedom Akinmoladun worked with Project Kind to provide care for the homeless

September Highlights

Saquon Barkley supplied kids with book bags for back to school time

Members of the New York Giants offensive line, including Evan Brown, Spencer Pulley, Mike Remmers, Chad Slade, Will Hernandez, Jon Halapio and Nate Solder spent time with firefighters to thank them for protecting us

Jonathan Hilliman, Jake Carlock, Freedom Akinmoladun went to Burnett Middle School to stress how daily exercise can make a difference

Michael Thomas taught kids in Staten Island, New York about how we can be more in tune with our emotions and properly handle them

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, along with Aldrick Rosas, Jonathan Casillas and Will Hernandez hosted a fun filled day for kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson/Passaic for Hispanic Heritage Day

October Highlights

Members of the New York Giants whose families have been afflicted with cancer, stressed the importance of detecting it early

Kareem Martin surprised Matt Gray, an assistant football coach at Park Ridge with tickets to the Super Bowl

Will Hernandez went to Sop and Shop to collect food donations for the Food Bank of New York City

New York Giants rookies visited patients at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s hospital for a SPOOKtacularly BOOtiful Halloween day!

November Highlights

The New York Giants hosted members of the Wounded Warrior Project for practice and lunch and even got to play video games with players

Markus Golden, Garrett Dickerson, Grant Haley, RJ McIntosh, BJ Hill and Sean Chandler handed out turkeys to those less fortunate

Chad Slade, Will Hernandez, Mike Remmers, Spencer Pulley, Evan Brown, Nate Solder
Nick Gates and Kevin Zeitler served dinner in Harlem, New York for members of the
Saquon Barkley donated bowls of soup to the Covenant House of New Jersey
December Highlights
The New York Giants organization donated coats to keep the community warm
Saquon Barkley spent time with homeless youth serving as a pillar of hope and
inspiration for overcoming adversity
Jonathan Hilliman, Chris Peace and Mark McLaurin Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery to place wreaths for our nation’s fallen veterans
Eli Manning visited patients at Hackensack Medical Center and handed out toys for the holidays
Golden Tate visited veterans and their families at the Bronx Fisher House, showing support for their service
Members of the New York Giants offensive line, defensive line and tight ends met with foster kids to brighten their holiday season
Sterling Shepard partnered with Modell’s to give kids who are in poverty-stricken areas a shopping spree
These are just some of the kind gestures current and former members of the New York Giants did in 2019!  2020 is shaping up to be a great year!