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Three Montgomery-area youth and high school football programs recently got a much-needed gift from USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States.

USA Football awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs in the Montgomery area. Those grants went to Barbour County High School, Dallas County High School and the Millbrook Youth Football League. The grants were based on merit and need.

USA Football annually distributes $1 million in equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs across the United States. The program has awarded more than $6 million in football equipment since 2006. USA Football equipment and uniform grants are made possible through support from the NFL Foundation.

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. Grants are fulfilled by USA Football and its equipment and uniform partner Riddell.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL.

"We are pleased to work with USA Football to provide much-needed equipment grants to youth football leagues and high school football programs in the Montgomery community," said Charlotte Jones Anderson, chairman of the NFL Foundation. "These equipment grants will help ensure that youngsters who share our love of the game are able to play it safely."

"The health and safety of every football player is our No. 1 priority," USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. "Having proper equipment is a key step toward that goal. Even with fundraising and strict attention to budgets, many leagues and school districts need help to properly outfit their teams. We are proud to help lead this important program with support from the NFL and Riddell."

About USA Football: USA Football leads the game's development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. USA Football (usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, is the sport's leader in coaching education and player skill development for a better, safer game.

About 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 and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org

INFORMATION SOURCE: USA Football Organization

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