USA Football, the sport's national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the New Orleans Saints recently awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and scholastic football programs throughout the New Orleans area based on merit and need.
USA Football partners with the Saints and all NFL clubs to annually distribute more than $1.5 million in equipment and uniform grants to youth and school-based football programs across the United States. The program has awarded more than $9.5 million in football equipment since 2006. USA Football equipment and uniform grants are made possible through support from the NFL Foundation.
Grants are valued up to $1,500 for youth programs and $2,500 for middle school and high school programs, offering new equipment, uniforms and flag football equipment to advance the benefits and fun of playing football. Grants are fulfilled through USA Football with its equipment partner Riddell and its uniform provider Siege Sports.
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Saints, the NFL and each of the league's other 31 teams.
"We are pleased to work with USA Football and our teams to donate much-needed equipment to youth football leagues and school-based football programs nationwide," said Alexia Gallagher, director of the NFL Foundation. "These equipment grants will help ensure that youngsters who share our love of the game are able to play it safer."
"The health and safety of every young football player is our No. 1 priority," USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. "Having proper equipment is an important step toward that goal. Even with fundraising and strict attention to budgets, many leagues and school districts need help to properly outfit their young athletes who love to play football and enjoy the fun and fitness that comes with it. We are proud to lead this important program with support from the Saints, the NFL Foundation, Riddell and Siege Sports."
New Orleans area youth and school-based school programs awarded a 2016 USA Football Equipment Grant:
Ascension Cougars Youth Football || Gonzales
Baton Rouge Tigers || Baton Rouge
Central Area Youth Football Association || Greenwell Springs
Harrison Central HS || Gulfport (Mississippi)
KIPP McD15 New Orleans La. || Metairie
Louisiana /Mississippi Youth Football Association || Bogalusa
Louisiana Elite Youth Football || Geismar
Louisiana Youth Football || Baton Rouge
Lyons-Burke Boosters || New Orleans
Metropolitan Youth Foundation, Inc. || New Orleans
New Orleans Panthers || Laplace
Outkast Football League || Tickfaw
About USA Football:
USA Football (www.usafootball.com) evolves and grows the sport through innovative standards and best practices to advance coach and player development, participation and safety within the fun of the game and its inherent values. As the sport's national governing body and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players. Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball