The Green Bay Packers and USA Football recently awarded grants for new equipment, uniforms and other resources to several youth and scholastic football programs throughout Wisconsin.
Grants are valued up to $1,000 apiece and provide the following resources from USA Football partners: tackle football equipment, field and practice equipment, portable field lines, adult volunteer background checks and wearable technology.
"The Packers are proud to continue working with USA Football and the NFL Foundation to help provide the necessary resources and equipment to youth and school football programs," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "These grants will help create safe and healthy environments in which young athletes can build not only football skills, but countless life skills, as well."
Wisconsin youth and school-based programs awarded a 2020 USA Football Grant include: Fox Valley Pop Warner Football, Inc., in Appleton, Wis.; Beaver Dam Youth Football Inc., in Beaver Dam, Wis.; YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee in Brown Deer, Wis. Fox Valley Saints in Freedom, Wis.; East River Pop Warner in Green Bay; Green Bay West High School in Green Bay; Saint Joseph Wildcats in Green Bay; Iola-Scandinavia Pee Wee Athletics in Iola, Wis.; James Madison Academic Campus in Menomonee Falls, Wis.; Neighborhood Children's Sports League in Milwaukee; Sports Academy Inc. in Milwaukee; Catholic Youth Football Club in Milwaukee, Oconto Falls Youth Football Inc. in Oconto Falls, Wis.
In 2020, USA Football's equipment grant program will award $1 million in resources to benefit young athletes based on need, merit and the organization's commitment to coaching education and best practices. Since 2006, USA Football's grant program has awarded more than $15 million in grants to youth and school-based football programs, which has directly benefitted more than 500,000 youth and high school players across 9,500 programs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The 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.
"USA Football is proud to work with the Green Bay Packers, the NFL Foundation and our partners to support youth leagues and scholastic programs around the country and help them deliver exceptional football-playing experiences to their athletes and families," said USA Football CEO & Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck. "'Football For All' more than describes our Football Development Model – it's a commitment that guides our work. With the NFL Foundation's support, our grant program is another avenue that brings this mission to life."
"Each year, the NFL Foundation is pleased to work in partnership with USA Football and our 32 clubs to assist youth and school-based programs nationwide with much-needed resources and equipment," said NFL Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy & Executive Director Alexia Gallagher. "Coordinated efforts like these help create an enhanced football-playing experience and ensure kids can enjoy the fun and fitness of the ultimate team sport."
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.