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Big Blue View Draft Drive: Raising money for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

From now until the day after the 2014 NFL Draft Big Blue View will be holding a fund drive to raise money for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, which helps families of children with cancer.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin during a hospital visit
Giants coach Tom Coughlin during a hospital visit

Big Blue View is proud to announce something very special that we will be doing during the course of the next two weeks. We will be conducting our first-ever ‘Big Blue View Draft Drive', proceeds of which will benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. The Jay Fund raises money for families of children battling cancer.

Because everything in life is a competition of some sort, our ‘Draft Drive’ will be run side-by-side with one from SB Nation’s Jacksonville Jaguars web site, Big Cat Country.  Representatives from the Jay Fund will be tabulating the results to see which site raises more money. Total amount raised by the end of the day on May 11, the day following the NFL Draft, determines the winner.

Why is Big Cat Country participating? Coughlin, of course, coached the Jaguars before the Giants. The fund began when Coughlin was in Jacksonsville, and now has headquarters in both Jacksonville and the NY/NJ area.

Not familiar with the Jay Fund? Here is some additional background from the Jay Fund web site:

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis. Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin’s team at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay’s diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis Family. After going through the tragic events with Jay’s family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer.

Coach Coughlin kept his vow and started a foundation to BE THERE in Jay’s honor. Since then the Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area who are fighting childhood cancer.

Our ‘Draft Drive' will be built around our coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft. From now until May 11, the day after the conclusion of the draft, draft-related posts at Big Blue View will include information about the Jay Fund and a link to the Jay Fund donation page.

Cancer has in some way touched all of our lives, and Big Blue View is happy to support this cause. Please give what you can.

How to Donate


Fill in all the appropriate fields. In the ‘Dedicated To’ field, please enter ‘Big Blue View.’ This will enable Jay Fund organizers to track the amount of money we raise for them, and ensure that your donation is counted in our effort to raise more money than the Jaguars’ fans over at Big Cat Country.