The Jets were founded by Harlem native Jamel Wright, spearheading a core group of fathers with 9-year-olds who were looking for a better-organized tackle football experience than what was available. Wright, known as "Coach Mel," and his wife Twinique lead a team of about 35 volunteers most, but not all, parents. Since its founding in 2005, they've built the Jets into a significant community organization and national powerhouse, expended their offerings to include not only off-season conditioning but wrestling, basketball and competitive cheerleading.


Harlem Jets, Inc. is a non-profit after-school organization that uses academic enrichment programs, tackle football, cheerleading, basketball and wrestling as a way to keep youth ages 5-18 academically motivated and physically fit. In addition to that core focus, the Jets provide mentoring services, life-skills enrichment and prep/private school placement advice and counseling.


Since its founding, the Jets have served almost 3,000 kids and are currently serving more than 300 children in New York City.

2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd. | New York, NY 10027  | Phone (212)-662-JETS (5387)  |  Fax (212) 662-5399


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