For 250 Highschoolers, a Super Bowl to Remember, Days Before Kickoff

January 31, 2014

As the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII shifts into high gear, it seems all of New York City is getting into the spirit. On Tuesday night, SVA teamed up with the New York Jets to host 250 teens from the city’s high schools for a pre-Super Bowl party only the Jets could throw. In attendance were kids from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and the Community Health Academy in Washington Heights, Manhattan, as well as students from Fort Hamilton High School, Automotive High School, and other schools from Brooklyn.


The Jets raffled off two Super Bowl tickets to one lucky student and Jets House passes, as well as an iPod shuffle and an iPad mini, compliments of the SVA Campus Store. All the students received an official  Super Bowl XLVIII program, a Jets 2013 yearbook and a RoboCop poster. In addition, SVA outfitted the students with complimentary backpacks (the same gear spotted on first-year undergraduates around campus). A month before its official release, students were then treated to a private screening of the new feature RoboCop, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.

In the film, it’s 2028 Detroit. When a loving husband, father and cop is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance to create a part-man, part-robot police officer. But the hero of the evening to many in the audience was Jets tackle Ben Ijalana, who helped Jets Owner Woody Johnson give away the prizes. SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes had the honor of drawing the winning names.

jets200Rhodes also welcomed the students to the SVA Theatre. “This place is all about showing off the talent and creativity of artists like the makers of RoboCop,” he told the audience. “Who knows, maybe we’ll be showing a film you help make one day!”

Also on hand from SVA was Dennis Mayer, who helped bring the Jets to SVA and make it a memorable visit for the students.

Images: A New York City high school student collected his raffle prize Tuesday night at the SVA Theatre, photo Chris Jessick; Jets Owner Woody Johnson and SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes,  photo Dennis Mayer.

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