Before kick-off, Super Bowl XLVIII already scored a touchdown in the heart of Newark, NJ. Approximately 1.7 million dollars were raised by the Super Bowl Host Committee to do a complete makeover for the Boys and Girls Club of Newark (BGCN). The center’s first public appearance was held on January, 27, 2014, right before the Super Bowl, when Governor Chris Christie, Commissioner of Football Roger Goodell, and a few of the Super Bowl Host Committees’ affiliates held a press conference located at the new center. The admirable cause was supported by several associations including Prudential, PSE&G, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, Gibbons law firm, and the Super Bowl Host Committee. It is evident that the legacy of Super Bowl XLVIII will live on in the youth of Newark, NJ for decades to come.
The clubhouse has transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with a new gymnasium, a renovated game room, a fully-restored kitchen, a free children’s dental center, a digital and visual arts room, a dance and fitness studio, and last, but not least, a refurbished aquatic center. PSE&G honorably donated a $250,000 grant to renovate the BGCN swimming pool which enabled Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors the opportunity to partake in the event. Alpine’s services included power-washing the aquatic center, removing all paint chips and debris from the area, surface prepping the pool walls, the pool area walls, and the benches, and painting and lining each surface within the aquatic center. To assure resistance of pool chemical stripping, the aquatic surface was coated in Ramuc Epoxy Pool Paint.
With PSE&G’s help, Alpine has been given the opportunity to not only revive the swimming pool’s life, but revive the quality of life for the youth in a community close to home. This pool means a great deal to the community of Paterson because it has a remarkable potential to save lives. The BGCN was created to serve the lives of the youth who need it most. That being said, the majority of Boys and Girls Club members belong to low-income families that do not have the ability to provide opportunities for their children to swim. Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors would like to thank PSE&G and the Super Bowl Host Committee for such a gratifying opportunity.