USA Football, the sport's national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and the Pittsburgh Steelers recently awarded grants for new equipment, uniforms and other resources to youth and scholastic football programs throughout the Pittsburgh area.
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.
Grants are valued at up to $1,000 apiece and provide resources from the following USA Football partners:
• Tackle football equipment from Riddell
• Field and practice equipment from Gilman Gear and MVP Robotics
• Portable field lines from Port-a-Field
• Adult volunteer background checks from Peopletrail
• Wearable technology from Catapult
USA Football's equipment grant program is made possible through the NFL Foundation. The NFL Foundation is 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 Pittsburgh Steelers, 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."
"We place a high emphasis on supporting youth football in the Pittsburgh area and are pleased to help assist local youth programs with the resources and equipment they need to continue to learn and enjoy playing the sport of football," said Steelers President and NFL Foundation Board of Directors Member Art Rooney II. "We are proud to continue our tradition of partnering with USA Football and the NFL Foundation to help youth and school-based football programs throughout the Pittsburgh area."
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.