New York Red Bulls

Denis Hamlett
RBNY

New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett has come a long way from the 10-year old who left Costa Rica to move to the United States to live with his mother in Silver Spring, Maryland.  

Hamlett joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his participating in this week's national mini-pitch effort.  The first mini-pitches honoring Black Players for Change (BPC) were unveiled at West Side High School in Newark.

Sean Davis
New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls captain and midfielder Sean Davis is one of many professional athletes who had their much anticipated seasons postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.  

The Red Bulls homegrown talent is practicing social distancing and staying in his Jersey City apartment during the shut down prompted by the virus that has created havoc in the sportsworld and everywhere else.

Davis spoke to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about being isolated from his family and his teammates while keeping in shape mentally and physically.

Marc de Grandpre
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The New York Red Bulls's home opener is Sunday (February 29) against FC Cincinnati.  The excitement about all the fan improvements inside Red Bull Arena is matched by the optimism surrounding the boosted development around the stadium in Harrison.

Red Bulls GM Marc de Grandpre joins host Doug Doyle for an emotional edition of SportsJam where the Montreal native talks about soccer, the area's growth and how his family still is his top priority.

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Improving attendance in all Newark Public Schools is a major part of superintendent Roger Leon’s plan to bring up grades across the district.  And while an elementary school has the best overall attendance with around 97 percent of students, Leon is challenging high school kids to match that goal.

“On standardized achievement, in classroom work, the students who are coming to school are going to outperform those who do not,” Leon said.