373 Communipaw Ave. Jersey City, New Jersey
Who is Team Walker:
Team Walker offers youth academic and athletic programs as well as community outreach programs for families and seniors of Jersey City. These programs are offered through a structured academic and recreational environment that teaches Determination, Dedication, and Discipline, the “3-Ds” that Jerry credits to his success. Programs provide positive role models to encourage students to realize their capabilities, enjoy a sense of accomplishment, and provide an opportunity to increase their quality of life for years to come.
Team Walker was founded in 1996 with the personal savings of Jersey City natives, Jerry and Jasper Walker. Team Walker continues the legacy of youth programs started by their grandfather, James “Pop” Curry. Mr. Curry’s youth programs provided a foundation of dedication, determination, and discipline which propelled Jerry’s success in professional basketball and Jasper’s on Wall Street. Team Walker passes this foundation onto today’s Jersey City youth.
To improve the quality of life for the children of Jersey City. Products of the tough streets of Jersey City themselves, the Walker brothers designed Team Walker around the youth programs they experienced while growing up. Jerry and Jasper credit these programs for “keeping them off the streets and out of trouble.”
Where is Team Walker:
The Team Walker Learning Center is located at 373 Communipaw Avenue in the Lafayette section of Jersey City and is equipped with 3 floors of classrooms, common areas, and a kitchen to facilitate TW’s programs in 10,000 square feet of space. Other venues include classroom space at PS #22 in Jersey City.
Why we do it:
“My high school coach, Bob Hurley, used to go around my neighborhood while I was at St. Anthony’s and you never wanted him to see you just hanging around. This helped keep me out of trouble and now I’m trying to do the same and keep these kids out of trouble.” Jerry Walker, Co-Founder of Team Walker
By the Numbers:
1 Vision for Team Walker
225 Children served daily during school year
500 Children participating in summer programs
98% Of Team Walker students graduate high school
123 College graduates including Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, Rowan University, St. Peter’s University, Ramapo College of NJ, St. Joseph’s University, Monmouth University, Delaware State University, New Jersey City University.
THOUSANDS……..of lives impacted