USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Buffalo Bills recently awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and scholastic football programs throughout the Buffalo area based on merit and need.
USA Football partners with the Bills and all NFL clubs to annually distribute more than $1.5 million in equipment and uniform grants to youth and school-based football programs across the United States. The program has awarded more than $9.5 million in football equipment 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 programs and $2,500 for middle school and high school programs, offering new equipment, uniforms and flag football equipment to advance the benefits and fun of playing football. Grants are fulfilled through USA Football with its equipment partner Riddell and its uniform provider Siege Sports.
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Bills, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.
“The Buffalo Bills have a long and distinguished history of supporting Western New York-based youth football programs,” said Bills owner and NFL Foundation board member Kim Pegula. “Partnering with USA Football is a terrific way for our organization to promote our community’s grassroots programs and help these organizations provide the necessary resources to keep the sport fun and safe for young people.”
“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 Bills, the NFL Foundation, Riddell and Siege Sports.”
Buffalo area youth and school-based school programs awarded a 2016 USA Football Equipment Grant include Albion High School, Albion; Bolivar-Richburg Youth Football, Bolivar; Cardinal O’Hara High School, Tonawanda; Cataract Little Loop Football Association – GRPW, Niagara Falls; Cheektowaga Little Loop Athletic Association – NEYSA, Cheektowaga; Dansville Central School, Dansville; Hill Butler Giants Football & Cheer Inc. – BCYF, Buffalo; JFK Football, Amherst; KAT Youth Athletics, Inc. – NEYSA, Tonawanda; Niagara Orleans Football Association, Albion; Orchard Park Little Loop Football, Orchard Park; Southside Cyclones of Rochester, NY – WNYPW, Rochester; Town of Tonawanda Football Association, Tonawanda; Wilson Youth Football, Lockport; and the WNY Pop Warner Bills, Amherst.
USA Football (www.usafootball.com) evolves and grows the sport through innovative standards and best practices to advance coach and player development, participation and safety within the fun of the game and its inherent values. As the sport’s national governing body and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players. Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball.