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Local high school, youth sports group win equipment grants from USA Football

Golden Valley High, SC Youth Sports Association score $1,000 each

Posted: December 16, 2009 10:45 a.m.
Updated: December 16, 2009 12:57 p.m.
USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has awarded football equipment grants to youth leagues and high school programs throughout California, including Golden Valley High School and the Santa Clarita Youth Sports Association.

USA Football is awarding $1 million in equipment grants to more than 800 football programs across the United States in preparation for the 2010 season.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association.

Each selected youth league receives a $1,000 package that offers a variety of football equipment and uniform options to choose from.

High schools receive similar packages valued at $1,500. USA Football's grant program has assisted the youth and high school football community since 2006 and is responsible for awarding more than $2 million worth of football equipment.

USA Football equipment grants are fulfilled by its national partners Riddell and Under Armour.

"Our Red Shield center is the only center that offers many opportunities to Modesto kids and their families as well as keeps our young people off the streets," said Rene Carcamo, administrator and corps officer of Modesto's Salvation Army Red Shield Center.

"We have been in the community of Modesto for 40 years and with the help of USA Football's equipment grant, we are planning to be here for many years to come."

"Our equipment grant program helps youth football leagues and high school programs continue to make a positive impact in their communities through America's favorite sport," said USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenback.

"Even with multiple fundraisers and registration fees, some organizations struggle to properly equip their teams. We're proud to help ensure great football experiences for the kids, families and volunteers who power this sport and celebrate its values of teamwork and sportsmanship."

USA Football offers innovative programs and resources to further strengthen the sport and provide players a positive football experience. The independent non-profit has members -- players, coaches, youth league commissioners, and game officials -- in all 50 states.

More than 1.1 million high school boys play football, which more than doubles the next-played sport by this group.

USA Football's equipment grant program is made possible through the NFL Youth Football Fund, a non-profit foundation created by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 1998.


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