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Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

A Day at MetLife Stadium with the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund recently invited fifty special families to experience MetLife Stadium as a VIP for its annual Stadium Tour & Sundae Blitz! Attendees of this once-in-a-lifetime experience got to roam the New York Giants locker room, try on equipment, and posed for photos wearing Super Bowl rings.

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, founded in 1996 in honor of former Boston College football player Jay McGillis by legendary NFL head coach Tom Coughlin, helps families tackle childhood cancer by providing financial, emotional and practical support. Since its inception, it has granted $11 million to 5,000 families with children suffering from cancer. #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino spoke with some of the members that make up this vibrant community.

“Our slogan is that we want to “Be There” for families,” explains Mary Jane Pulzello, program director for the foundation. “We want to give them a couple hours to forget about cancer and have fun.”

One of the standout children on hand was Patrick Baumann, winner of two college scholarships by the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and the New York Giants. Patrick recently graduated from Fordham Preparatory School in New York City where he was a co-captain of the Varsity Squash team. Patrick was born three days prior to the attacks on 9/11 and has lived his whole life just a few blocks from Ground Zero. In 2009, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Wilm’s Tumor.

“I’m so appreciative of the Jay Fund’s support and the opportunities they provide,” says Patrick, who will be attending Penn State University in the fall (cancer-free!)

For more information and to donate to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, visit TCJayFund.org.

New York Giants

The New York Giants: The History You Didn’t Know

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The New York Giants is a team with a rich 80-season history. Founded in 1925 by Tim Mara when the National Football League (NFL) was only five years old, they’ve won eight NFL championships, four of which were Super Bowls.

One of the most important transitions in Giants history occurred in 1953 when the team fired their head coach of 23 years, Steve Owen. Replaced by Jim Lee Howell, the team performed extremely well, led by Frank Gifford, their star running back. By 1956, the Giants won their fourth NFL championship, featuring several Hall of Famers like Sam Huff, Roosevelt “Rosey” Brown, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi and Frank Gifford.

The Greatest Game Ever Played
In 1958, the Giants had a successful year in the books, defeating the Cleveland Browns on their last day of the season. Beating the Browns again in the playoff, they advanced to play against the Baltimore Colts. The game was a nail-biter and served as the first game in NFL history to have a game sent into overtime. Even though they ultimately lost to the Colts that year, the significance of the game remained. The greatest game ever played propelled football into the dominant sport in America.

Establishing Their Home in New Jersey
In 1973, the Giants reached an agreement to play their home games at a dedicated football stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. During the development of the new stadium, the Giants were “homeless” for about three years, being dubbed the “orphans of the NFL.” They served as mobiles, playing their home games at the Yale Bowl in Connecticut, so as not to share a stadium with the New York Jets.  Eventually, they shared the Shea Stadium with the Jets in 1975 due to the ill-equipped Yale Bowl not having the necessary amenities to accommodate professional football games.

When they finally began playing in their new home stadium, the only perk was the fans and their excitement. Their performance remained subpar until 1979.

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The Come Up
For the first time in its history, the Giants hired a general manager after the 1978 season. The contentious search led them to hire George Young, the former assistant coach of the Baltimore Colts. Young hired dynamic players such as Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms, raising the Giants’ linebacker corps into one of the NFL’s best.

By 1982, Young hired Bill Parcells as the defensive coordinator and head coach of the Giants, and by 1986, they were “the favorites” to win the Super Bowl. They indeed advanced to Super Bowl XXI to win against the Denver Broncos, and Phil Simms took the MVP award after setting a Super Bowl record of completing 88 percent of his passes.

Eight years later, in 1990, the Giants held the record for the best start in their team’s history, winning their first 10 games of the season. Even after Simms went to the sidelines with an injury for the rest of the season, they made it to the Super Bowl, yet again, to play against the Buffalo Bills. Their second Super Bowl was a success, with another MVP award for one of their players, Ottis Anderson.

In 2007, the Giants took on another Super Bowl championship after three consecutive seasons of reaching the playoffs. In Super Bowl XLII, they defeated the New England Patriots 17-14, with their win considered one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. That year, Eli Manning won the MVP award for completing more than half of his passes, along with two touchdowns.

Because the New York Giants’ 2019 schedule will likely be the second-easiest schedule in the NFL, odds are the fans will bet on the team making it to the Super Bowl. Their first game will be in Dallas on September 8th, but that’s the longest they’ll travel the entire season. They’ll play five teams that have new head coaches, including the Jets, Packers, Cardinals, Buccaneers and Dolphins.

In 2019, they also won’t have to play any road games for any consecutive weeks during the season. While they may have visitor games back-to-back, none of them will be travel-intensive. Overall, this season has some promising characteristics that put the Giants in good standing for the chance to go to the playoffs.

HipNJ’s Weekend Recap: August 17 – 19

Miss out on a fully packed weekend? #HipNJ has the scoop on what you missed. Keep reading to see what happened near you!



Django Festival All-Stars, who have ushered the music of legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt into the 21st century, revitalizing Reinhardt’s driving, swinging style (often referred to as “hot jazz”). The group’s repertoire combines unique interpretations of Reinhardt classics with original compositions. With a packed crowed, the group definetly didn’t disappoint! The group had fans dancing and singing along to the music.



With personalized service, Luxury Garage Sale is known for setting new benchmarks in luxury consignment. It offers shoppers a curated luxury shopping experience unparalleled in Westfield, New Jersey, and gives consignors a trusted avenue for re-selling their goods at fair market prices. Luxury Garage Sale’s personalized service included above-and-beyond offerings for women and men such as complimentary one-on-one personal styling consultations, industry-leading commissions and authentication guarantees.



Red Bank’s walkable downtown district is home to an array of upscale restaurants and casual eateries that appeal to your palate. Explore picturesque Red Bank on the third Sunday of the month while enjoying food and/or beverage samples from over 20 participating restaurants, bars & eateries. Three hours of top tastings, which guests loved!


10th Annual Deb Levy Soccer Tournament – August 18 – 19

7v7, short sided soccer games. This is the 10th year that Chemo Clothes has done the tournament. Raising over $65,000 for families in need from this tournament alone. The money goes directly to paying bills for families impacted by cancers of all kind. The event wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the volunteers, participants and the funding of the generous sponsors!

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney Trip Around The Sun Tour 2018 – August 18

The leader of No Shoes Nation was, in fact, wearing shoes Saturday night as he took the stage in front of a full Metlife Stadium crowd. Kenny Chesney rocked his signature look of a cowboy hat and boots with a tank top and blue jeans.

Before he took the stage, however, there were T-shirt canons and two video packages played on the big screen, the first of Chesney wearing a Steelers helmet and thanking the crowd for coming out and the second of celebrities and others saying welcome to the show.

With people having tailgated for hours, or days on the boats, the crowd was ready for the show and Metlife Stadium was ready for the crowd, too, with 16 ounce beers going for $14 apiece.