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Sandy Hook Victim, Jack Pinto, Will Have New York Giants-Themed Playground Built in His Honor

February 17th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
By Dan Benton

New Jersey's largest firefighter union is giving back to all of the towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and doing so in a way that will also honor the 26 victims of December's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The union plans to build 26 playgrounds spread out over New York (10), New Jersey (10) and Connecticut (6), with each one reflecting the personality of one of the victims.

For the young Jack Pinto, who was laid to rest wearing a Victor Cruz jersey, his love of the New York Giants will live on forever.

Bill Lavin, president of the Firefighters' Mutual Benevolent Association, a 5,000-member union spearheading the project, said Pinto's playground will be football-themed to memorialize his love for Big Blue.

"While these parks will bear the names of the Newtown victims, they are dedicated to all children of violence," Lavin said. "This is not just about Newtown. A massacre is occurring one child at a time in our inner cities."

The project, called The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play, will cost about $2.1 million. Enough donations for six playgrounds have been made so far, and the project will continue to seek donations so that the remaining 20 can be built.

Donations are currently being accepted at The Sandy Ground Project website, their Facebook page and also on the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association website.


Tags: Football, Jack Pinto, New Jersey, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Victor Cruz

One Response to “Sandy Hook Victim, Jack Pinto, Will Have New York Giants-Themed Playground Built in His Honor”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Sad, but awesome move all things considered

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