Life Be-yond



Jim Norris, President

Jim Norris, is President and serves as Chief Executive Officer of North Jersey Sports Medical Group located at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark NJ. Within this role, his passion is creating sports leadership camps for high school student-athletes that primarily focus on leadership, character building, innovations in sports technology and delivery of health and wellness programs.

For more than twenty-five years, Jim has brought his professional experience and a passion to serve communities as an advocate for population health. Jim’s background is in public and the private sectors of business with Newark Municipal Government, The Newark Public Schools, Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences, New Jersey Medical School, and Abbott Pharmaceuticals (Takeda Division). As a graduate of Upsala College with a degree in Biology, Pre Med and a minor in Business Administration, he realized that “education” was an integral piece to leveling the national and global playing fields as the great equalizer for continued and sustainable success. Jim professional football career with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL), fostered lasting friendships and knowledge of the “team” concept (Together Everyone Achieves More), particularly, overcoming obstacles and dealing with adversity. After his career in the NFL, Jim continued his passion for education and was accepted to medical school. However, in lieu of medical school, Jim has chosen to pursue a Masters in Public Health and a PHD in nutrition/health promotion.

The field of sports medicine, particularly nutrition and population health, remains his passion while his primary focus centers on adolescent and young adults. Serving on local committees like Rutgers School of Nursing Center for Urban Youth & Families, representing the Mayor’s Office for the City of Newark Health & Wellness Committee, National Football League Alumni and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity affords Jim the opportunity to be involved in local and national efforts to make a difference in communities. Jim research with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s - Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine for mild traumatic brain injury/concussions and related educational, health and wellness programs, known as the Science and Sports Research Institute (SSRI).