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Posted Monday, March 12th, 2018


Former New York Giants Vice President and General Manager Jerry Reese was the guest speaker at the recent “The Huddle: Calling the Right Plays to Win” event sponsored by the African-American Clergy Association of Morris County.

photo of Jerry Reese addressing audience at African-American Clergy Council program in Morristown

Jerry Reese addresses audience at African-American Clergy Association program in Morristown

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, and Detective Patrick LaGuerre the special  program, held last Saturday, at the Church of God in Christ for All Saints in Morristown. The program focused on offering guidance to young men in the African-American community.

As the oldest of seven siblings from a poor family from Northwestern Tennessee, Reese said he learned early in life what it would take to succeed. He emphasized the important of a positive attitude and a strong sense of faith, especially for a young man.

Morris Prosecutor: “Huddle” Program Hosted by African American Clergy Association

Reese (center) with Prosecutor Knapp (to his left) and Pastor Carter (to his right)

Not unexpected, the heart of Reese’s presentation came from his vast experience in the world of football. He challenged young men in the audience to build their own huddles, to join with people who are willing and excited to help them succeed in life.

Event organizer Pastor Jerry Carter of Calvary Baptist Church, who opened the morning with an inspirational prayer, explained the “Huddle” event was the first installment of the quarterly programs the African American Clergy Association plan to host for the community.African American Clergy Association of Morris County

The driving force behind this presentation, he said, was the Clergy Association’s desire to reach out to the adolescent members of the community, with the hopes of inspiring them. Nearly have half of the audience were, in fact teens, and the rest of the audience was comprised of members of the clergy, as well as local businessmen and officials.

Following Reese’s presentation, Prosecutor Knapp addressed the approximately sixty audience members, explaining his role as Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Morris County. He lauded “The Huddle” program and thanked Reese for his excellent presentation and interest in youth of the community.

For more information on the Clergy Association, visit their Facebook page 

Inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.