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The Chicago Bears and USA Football, the sport's national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, recently awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and scholastic football programs throughout the Chicago area based on merit and need.

USA Football partners with the Bears 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 Bears, the NFL and each of the league's other 31 teams.

"We are pleased to work with USA Football and our teams to donate much-needed equipment to youth football leagues and school-based football programs nationwide," said Alexia Gallagher, director of the NFL Foundation. "These equipment grants will help ensure that youngsters who share our love of the game are able to play it safer."

"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 Bears, the NFL Foundation, Riddell and Siege Sports."

Chicago area youth and school-based school programs awarded a 2016 USA Football Equipment Grant:

ORGANIZATION

CITY

Alsip Falcons - Metro Youth Football League

Alsip

Angels Youth Football Association

Racine (Wisconsin)

Baker College Prep

Chicago

Bradley Lions Jr. Football

Bradley

Chicago AYF

Chicago

Chicago Cowboys

Chicago

Chicago Tech Academy High School Chicago, IL

Chicago

Chicagoland Youth Football League, Inc

Chicago

De La Salle Institute

Chicago

Elgin Youth Football League

Elgin

Elmwood Park Rush

Elmwood Park

Families Helping Our Future NFP

Park Forest

Gary - Northern Indiana Pop Warner

Merrillville (Indiana)

Griffith High School

Highland (Indiana)

Harvard School of Excellence: AUSL

Chicago

Harvey Colts - Chicagoland Pop Warner

Calumet City

Hubbard High School

Chicago

Kaneland Youth Football League

Aurora

Kankakee Valley Pop Warner

Wheatfield (Indiana)

KAOS Sports Foundation

Chicago

Marine Leadership Academy

Crystal Lake

Michiana - Northern Indiana Pop Warner

South Bend (Indiana)

Monee Mavericks Football Cheer

Monee

Near North Raiders

Chicago

NIYFL-John Glenn

North Liberty (Indiana)

North Shore Youth Football Club

Northbrook

RCPF

Racine (Wisconsin)

Riverdale Jaguars

Calumet City

Robbins/Cal Park Eagles - Chicagoland Pop Warner

Chicago

Romeoville Spartans - River Valley Youth Football League

Romeoville

Roosevelt High School Chicago

Spring Grove

Roseland Volunteers

Chicago

Round Lake Spartans Football & Cheerleading

Round Lake Beach

Senn High School

Chicago

South Holland Jets - Will-Cook Youth Football Association

Merrillville (Indiana)

Southtowne Stallions

Lansing

St. Mary of the Woods - CGSC

Chicago

Tomcat Youth Tackle Football

Bristol

Will Cook Kankakee Youth Association

Kankakee

About USA Football: USA Football 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.

To learn more about USA Football visit www.usafootball.com

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