After being named to the USA Football’s All-Fundamentals team earlier in the offseason, a pair of Broncos will be able to use the honor to help young football players.
Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and offensive tackle Ryan Clady will each donate a $1,500 equipment grant to a high school football program through USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Broncos and the NFL.
Bailey will award his grant to Denver North High School.
“The USA Football equipment grant will allow Denver North High School to replace shoulder pads that are over 10 years old,” Denver North High School Athletics Director Kevin Bendjy said. “The generosity of USA Football will now allow 26 of our scholar-athletes to wear the most up-to-date equipment, which we anticipate will improve performance and safety.”
Clady chose to award his grant to his alma matter, Rialto Eisenhower High School in California.
“The 2012 Citrus Belt League Champion Eisenhower Eagle football team thanks USA Football and Ryan Clady for the equipment grant,” Eisenhower High School head football coach Mike Clark said. “The equipment – helmets and shoulder pads – will be used to help us defend our league championship. Without support from USA Football and Ryan Clady, we would have difficulty remaining competitive against the higher revenue teams we have to compete against.”
Employing core football fundamentals advances a youth player’s performance and safety, particularly in the areas of blocking and tackling. USA Football has educated more than 100,000 youth football coaches in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., through its online courses and single-day coaching clinics. Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports.
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