Los Angeles Rams and USA Football, the sport's national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, recently awarded grants for new equipment, uniforms and other resources to 26 youth and scholastic football programs throughout the Los Angeles area.
USA Football's grant program will award nearly $2 million in resources to benefit young athletes in 2017, based on merit, need and a school's or sports organization's commitment to coaching education and best practices. USA Football has awarded more than $10 million in grants to school-based and youth football programs since 2006.
Grants are valued up to $1,500 apiece and provide the following resources from USA Football partners:
• Tackle football equipment from Riddell
• Flag football equipment from NFL FLAG powered by USA Football
• Uniforms from Siege Sports
• Tackling equipment from Tackle Tube
• Automated External Defibrillators from Physio-Control
• Field-building financial support from FieldTurf
• Strength training programming from Volt Athletics (for high schools only)
USA Footballs grants are funded by the NFL Foundation, the league's nonprofit organization representing its 32 clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support the game. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL.
"The NFL Foundation is proud to work with USA Football and our clubs to donate much-needed resources to youth football leagues and school-based football programs in communities throughout the country," said Alexia Gallagher, Executive Director of the NFL Foundation. "Providing new equipment and resources helps ensure young athletes will have a safer and more sustainable environment to play in, and enjoy a more positive football experience overall."
"USA Football is proud to lead this important program with support from the Los Angeles Rams the NFL Foundation and our partners to help leagues and school-based programs support the well-being of young athletes and ensure they are properly outfitted," USA Football CEO, Scott Hallenbeck said. "Like the game itself, this program is a team effort and the biggest winners are the kids who gain lasting rewards through the fun and fitness of football."
26 area youth and school-based school programs awarded a 2017 USA Football Grant:
ORGANIZATION - CITY
Aquinas High School - San Bernardino, CA
Boyle Heights Youth Football - Los Angeles, CA
Bright Star Schools - Los Angeles, CA
Chino Cowboy Huddle - Chino, CA
Corona Panthers Jr. Youth Football - Riverside, CA
Ganesha High School - Pomona, CA
Glendale High School - Glendale, CA
Hawthorne High School - Hawthorne, CA
Holtville Pop Warner - Holtville, CA
Huntington Park Youth Football - Los Angeles, CA
Inland Empire Youth Tackle Conference - Redlands, CA
La Puente Jr. All American Football - La Puente, CA
La Verne San Dimas Pop Warner - Covina, CA
Mary Star of the Sea High School - San Pedro, CA
North Long Beach Football - Long Beach, CA
Palmdale High School - Palmdale, CA
Rancho Verde High School - Moreno Valley, CA
Rubidoux High School - Riverside, CA
San Bernardino Jr. All American - San Bernardino, CA
Santa Monica High School - Santa Monica, CA
Saugus Spartans Youth Football - Saugus, CA
South Gate Aztecs Youth Football - South Gate, CA
South Gate High School Football - South Gate, CA
West Valley Eagles Youth Football - Los Angeles, CA
Westchester High School - Los Angeles, CA
Woodrow Wilson High School - Los Angeles, CA
About The NFL Foundation:
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.
About USA Football:
USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport's national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.