USA Football, the sport's national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Arizona Cardinals recently awarded grants for new equipment, uniforms and other resources to youth and scholastic football programs throughout the state of Arizona.
USA Football's grant program will award over $1.5 million in resources to benefit young athletes in 2018, 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 Badger Sportswear
• Practice equipment from Tackle Tube, Shawdowman Sports and Gilman Gear
• Field-building financial support from FieldTurf
• Background checks from Peopletrail
• Field equipment from Port-A-Field
USA Football 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 and equipment to youth football leagues and school-based football programs across the country," said Alexia Gallagher, Executive Director of the NFL Foundation. "These efforts will help to ensure that young athletes have a safer and more sustainable environment to play in and enjoy a positive football experience overall."
"USA Football, in partnership with the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL Foundation and our partners, is pleased to assist leagues and school-based programs by providing resources and equipment to help young athletes have a great football experience," said USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck. "Supporting programs through our grants is one of the ways for us to show how we value the thousands of athletic directors, coaches and youth league leaders who do inspiring work for their kids through football."
Arizona area youth and school-based school programs awarded a 2018 USA Football Grant
AKAIN ATHLETICS Phoenix, AZ
Alchesay High School Whiteriver, AZ
Alliance Youth Sports, INC Chandler, AZ
Arizona College Preparatory Chandler, AZ
Arizona Lutheran Academy Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Saints Sports Club/ Southwest Phoenix Laveen, AZ
Bagdad Youth Football Bagdad, AZ
Catalina High School Tucson, AZ
Centennial High School Peoria, AZ
Chino Valley High School Chino Valley, AZ
Coolidge High School Coolidge, AZ
Deer Valley High School Football Glendale, AZ
Deer Valley Pop Warner Glendale, AZ
Desert Star Academy Fort Mohave, AZ
Dig Deep Athletic Training Academy Sahuarita, AZ
Flagstaff High School Flagstaff, AZ
Florence High School Florence, AZ
Gilbert Pop Warner Football and Cheer Mesa, AZ
Greater Phoenix AYF Inc Chandler, AZ
Heritage Academy Mesa, AZ
Heritage Academy Laveen Laveen, AZ
Hopi Jr/Sr High School Keams Canyon, AZ
Kingman Rebels Kingman, AZ
Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Bullhead City, AZ
Moon Valley High School Phoenix, AZ
North Central Pop Warner Phoenix, AZ
Northern Arizona Youth Football Williams, AZ
Palo Verde High Magnet School Tucson, AZ
Pueblo High School Football Tucson, AZ
Rincon/University High School Tucson, AZ
Santa Cruz Cardinals Youth Football and Cheer Rio Rico, AZ
Santa Rita High School Football Tucson, AZ
Scottsdale Football & Cheer Scottsdale, AZ
Sequoia Pathway Academy Maricopa, AZ
South Mountain High School Phoenix, AZ
Tempe Preparatory Academy Tempe, AZ
Tucson Jaguars Inc Tucson, AZ
Tucson Magnet High School Tucson, AZ
Tucson Steelers Tucson, AZ
Yuma American Youth Football Yuma, AZ
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.
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.