1986 Super Bowl Captain George Martin Talks to Newark High School Students
On Living Positive & Healthy Lifestyles
NEWARK, New Jersey – January 28, 2014 – The spirit of SUPER BOWL XLVIII came to Malcolm X. Shabazz High School
in Newark today when Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children's
Hospital of New Jersey, (CHoNJ) launched their
2014 Journey to Wellness initiative with 1986 NY Giants Super Bowl Captain George Martin.
In addition to his celebrated football career, Martin is also known for
his walk across America to raise awareness of the plight of rescue and
recovery workers after 9/11, raising more than $5 million. Martin also
serves as Executive Director of the NFL Alumni Association and President
of the NFL Alumni Charities, and President of the Pro Legends, NFL Charities.
He has now taken on a new journey in one of America's urban cities,
in partnership with NBIMC and CHoNJ. In 2012 and 2013, George Martin teamed
up with NBIMC and CHoNJ for MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL/Men's Health Night
with The Beth, in which more than 100 men participated in a health-focused
tailgate party at the Maplewood Country Club.
During the presentation, Martin held up a bottle of water, saying "this
is nature's remedy" – he encouraged the athletes to drink
eight bottles of water a day. He also passed around his Super Bowl ring,
he said, "This ring is eight ounces of gold encased in diamonds with
a very high street value – the ring is a symbol of more than football,
it's a symbol of my philosophy put into practice and my commitment
to wellness, as an NFL player and today as a wellness ambassador.
Martin is creating a roadmap for people to live healthier lives in Newark,
starting this year with student athletes at Newark's Malcolm X. Shabazz
High School and continuing in a number of Newark churches, as part of
a campaign to promote wellness with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
and Children's Hospital of New Jersey (NBIMC & CHoNJ). In late
2013, Martin hosted MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL/Men's Health Night with
The Beth – a tailgate party for more than 100 adult men that focused
on healthy lifestyles. The event included health screenings, prostate
exams and presentations from four NBIMC physicians; cardiologist Marc
Cohen, MD orthopedic surgeons, James Lee, Jr. MD, and James Lee, Sr.,
MD, urologist, Domenico Savatta, MD and primary care physician, F. Dein Rice, MD.
George Martin said, "It is my humble opinion that the most precious
natural resource that we as human beings have, is our children. Therefore,
it behooves us all to provide the very best nurturing environment possible
for them that addresses and promotes educational excellence, spiritual
awareness and optimum physical fitness and nutrition."
Newark Beth Israel, decided to seize the opportunity of the Super Bowl
to educate young athletes about the power of living a healthy lifestyle
regardless of whether you are a student athlete or a professional athlete.
Dr. Brennan said, "Healthy living is the key to a quality life."
The assembly included 100 student athletes, dressed in their respective
sports jersey. At the assembly, the student took a pledge to
Be Positive, Eat Right, Exercise, Make Good Choices and to Create a Life
In closing, Martin said, "Children and youth are our legacy and should
be granted all advantages in order to achieve and excel in life. As a
former professional athlete I am honored to be partnering with Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center/Children's Hospital of New Jersey and Barnabas
Health in order to bring the possibility of better health and nutrition
to fruition for youth and adults in our community."
Contact: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center