Big Blue fans in Giants Academy

February 7, 2008 12:17:17 PM PST
Excited, young fans are wearing their Giants jerseys to school Friday. Football fever is especially high at the Giants academy... in a school in Newark.Eyewitness News education reporter Art McFarland paid them a visit today.

"The giants are going to win!" said students.

At the Louise Spencer School in Newark, staging a pep rally in support of the Giants was a natural.

Answer Giants trivia questions is no problem for students at this pre-k through 8th grade school, where there is no shortage of "big blue" fans.

"They have a lot of confidence and we support them," said Keziah Jones. "So, they have a good chance to win."

The school has a relationship with the Giants through a long-running the Giants Academy.

"They mentor students. The team is in support of the school and the Giants Academy program," said principal, Joseph Brown, JR.

Some players visit the school and mentor the students in the academy, which is an after-school program that focuses on community service.

"We have opportunity to meet them. And they believe in us," said student Quavon Hasan. "They challenge us." said Giants Linebacker Antonio Pierce is among the most active players at the school. He lends his name to an incentive effort called "Antonio's A list."

"When Antonio Pierce comes, kids just light up with questions," said Angela Williams, Gaints Academy program Coordinator. For Friday, the focus was on the Super Bowl.