JL Sports and our clients are firm believers in giving back to our communities. The following are the charities we are most involved with:


In March 2015 twenty professional football players joined forces with sports agent Joe Linta and the United Way of Meriden-Wallingford to present the 22nd NFL Players’ Weekend that began Friday night with a Silent Auction fundraising function at the Stillwood Inn, but the youth clinic is the centerpiece of the two-day event that concluded Saturday with a bowling night at Colony Lanes. The clinic brought NFL players together with 240 participants, ranging from eight- to 14-years old for a three-hour run-through of exercises and drills designed to the young athletes’ football skills.

This event marked the 22nd anniversary that players from various NFL cities have teamed up to participate in this hands-on fundraising project with the United Way, making it the largest sports/charity partnership of its kind in the Northeast.

Linta and his wife came up with the concept, which he says started small with seven players, 20 participants in “Bowling with the Players,” and raised $2,000. Last year the event raised net proceeds of nearly $70,000 according to Jim Ieronimo, executive director of the local area United Way. Ieronimo said registration for the clinic was the largest ever.

Ieronimo said proceeds from the NFL Players Weekend represent the United Way’s fundraising campaign, and go to organizations such as the Meriden Boys & Girls Club, Girls, Inc. and local YMCAs.

“Our clients are very generous with their time during their limited off-season,” said Joe Linta, president of New Haven-based JL Sports. “This event has gotten to the point where the players are calling us asking what the date will be for the upcoming year.


Our Players’ Charities:

Will to Succeed Foundation, established in 1993 by Will & Senia Shields, seeks to guide, inspire and improve the lives of abused and neglected women and children. Will Shields was also recognized with the 2005 “JB Award” in the arena of “building stronger communities and families.

To learn more, visit: www.willtosucceed.org


The Matt Birk HIKE Foundation was established to provide the Twin Cities’ young people with opportunities to pursue their dreams. The mission of the HIKE Foundation is to provide educational opportunities and resources needed to excel in the classroom and life.

To learn more, visit: www.hikefoundation.org


Joe Andruzzi Foundation

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is tackling cancer’s impact by providing financial assistance for patients and their families as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research.

Joe was a 2003 recipient of the NFL’s Ed Block Courage Award, one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, primarily since the winner is chosen solely by his teammates for his commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

To learn more, visit: http://joeandruzzifoundation.org/wp


Willie Colon is the Honorary Chairman of the annual Lupus Loop walk in Pittsburgh to support the Lupus

Foundation, in honor of his mom Jean Davis. Willie’s mom has had Lupus for many years and his time and energy have raised money needed to fund the programs and services of the Lupus Foundation.

To learn more, visit: http://www.lupuspa.org/


Vlad Ducasse has partnered up with Athletes for Charity to create “TEAM VLAD” and enable students from the High School of Sports Management, located in Brooklyn, NY, to attend various Jets home games. Students selected to attend games have achieved a minimum average of 80 and above on their report cards. The opportunity serves as the organization’s efforts to create academic incentives for youth attending under-performing schools. Athletes for Charity is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City which teams up with professional athletes, sports leagues and teams, various sports professionals, foster care agencies and related organizations, as well as volunteers and mentors, to empower and support the development of disadvantaged youth.

To learn more, visit: http://www.athletesforcharity.com