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Pittsburgh Steelers and USA Football award equipment grants

USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, and the Pittsburgh Steelers recently awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia based on merit and need.

USA Football partners with the Steelers and all NFL clubs to annually distribute more than $2 million in equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs across the United States. The grant program has supported youth organizations and high schools in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., 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 organizations and $2,500 for high school programs, offering new equipment, uniforms, equipment reconditioning and flag football equipment to provide young athletes greater access as well as the fun and fitness benefits of the sport. Grants are fulfilled by USA Football and its equipment and uniform partner Riddell.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Steelers, 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 high school 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 safely."

"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 NFL Foundation and Riddell."

Area youth and high school programs awarded a 2015 USA Football Equipment Grant:

ORGANIZATION

CITYBeaver Youth FootballBeaver, Pa.Follansbee Blue Wave Youth Football OrganizationWellsburg, W.Va.Hopewell Youth FootballAliquippa, Pa.Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High SchoolBethel Park, Pa.West Mifflin Community Foundation Youth Football and CheerWest Mifflin, Pa.Windber Youth Football LeagueWindber, Pa.

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport's national governing body, leading the game's development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics. Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball.

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