Press Release: Ravens & USA Football Award Equipment Grants To Baltimore Area Youth & High School Pr


USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, and the Ravens have recently awarded football equipment grants to youth and high school football programs throughout the Baltimore area based on merit and need.

USA Football partners with the Ravens and all NFL clubs to award equipment grants to youth and high school football programs across the United States. The program has awarded more than $4 million in football equipment through the NFL Youth Football Fund since 2006.

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. All equipment grants are fulfilled by Riddell, the official helmet and protective equipment partner of USA Football.

"The Baltimore Ravens are proud to partner with USA Football in providing equipment grants to youth football programs in our community. Alongside the Ravens All Community Team Foundation youth football grants given this summer, we're excited to see additional and much needed football gear being distributed to area youth football teams that will truly make a difference in their programs," said Matt Little, Ravens Youth Football Coordinator. "Football instills numerous values such as teamwork, dedication and respect, and it encourages a future generation of healthy, active and productive citizens."

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Ravens, the NFL, each of its other 31 teams. The NFL Youth Football Fund, a joint partnership created by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, provides for approximately 800 football programs to earn an equipment grant from USA Football and NFL teams this season.

"We are pleased to work with USA Football and our teams to donate much-needed equipment to youth leagues," said Alexia Gallagher, Director of the NFL Youth Football Fund. "These grants will help ensure that youngsters who share our love of the game are able to play it safely."

"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," said USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck. "We are proud to be a partner in the Ravens' continued commitment to ensuring great football experiences for the kids, families and volunteers who power this sport in the Baltimore area."

Baltimore area youth and high school programs awarded a 2011 USA Football Equipment Grant:

ORGANIZATION CITYHagerstown Youth Football & Athletic Association, Hagerstown, MD
BGCAA, Annapolis, MD
Sykesville Raiders Youth Football & Cheer, Sykesville, MD
West Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore, MD
City Springs School/Baltimore Curriculum Project, Baltimore, MD
Lansdowne Ravens Football and Cheer, Baltimore, MD
Old Town Gators Youth Football and Cheer Assoc., Baltimore, MD
Northeast Youth Association, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation, Baltimore, MD
Forest Park Little League/American Youth Football League, Randallstown, MD
Maryland Football and Cheerleading Assoc., Pop Warner, Randallstown, MD

About USA FootballUSA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players. The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football's Chairman.

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