JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and charitable organization, USA Football, are teaming up this season to give back to the youth and high school programs in Jacksonville, Fla. USA Football and the Jaguars have agreed to give out equipment grants to the aforementioned programs, based on merit and necessity.
In the Jacksonville area, there are plenty of high schools and youth programs using football as a way to keep students out of trouble. With crimes rates across the nation continuing to decline, USA Football and the Jags want to give back the youth for a job well done.
Since 2006, USA Football and the NFL have collaborated to give equipment grants to youth programs across the nation. During that five year stretch, the duo have raised an impressive $4 million in grants. Essentially, each selected youth program or high school is given $1000 in a package of equipment and jerseys to choose from.
While USA Football and the respective state’s NFL Franchise have their names associated with the equipment grants, it is actually manufacturers Riddell (equipment) and Rawlings (uniforms) that are providing the programs and high schools with the merchandise.
“The Jaguars are very thankful for the relationship we have with USA Football and Riddell. This partnership allows us to assist area football programs by providing quality equipment and continue to promote player safety at the youth level,” said Jaguars Equipment Manager Drew Hampton.
For those unfamiliar with USA Football, not only are they the main governing body of American football programs across the nation, but they are also the main youth partner with the NFL and its 32 franchises. The league and its players association, to allow over 800 programs across the country the opportunity to qualify for a USA Football grant, have set up the NFL Youth Football Fund.
“Even with multiple fundraisers and strict attention to budgets, many well-run youth and high school football programs need help to properly equip their teams,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to be a partner in the Jaguars’ continued commitment to ensuring great football experiences for the kids, families and volunteers who power this sport in the Jacksonville area.”
- For more information on USA Football and their partnership with the NFL, please visit: https://www.nflyff.org/grant_programs/summit
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