Bill Belichick Awards 2015 Grants and Scholarships to Bill Belichick Foundation Recipients

Bill Belichick Awards 2015 Grants and Scholarships to Bill Belichick Foundation Recipients

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK AWARDS 2015 GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS TO BILL BELICHICK FOUNDATION RECIPIENTS

Bill Belichick Foundation doubles its grant and scholarship award amounts, distributing $325,000, and announces new equipment grant with ComLax

FOXBOROUGH, Mass… (November 24, 2015) – New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick announced today that $325,000 in grants and scholarships are being awarded by the Bill Belichick Foundation (BBF) for 2015, nearly tripling last year’s efforts by the nonprofit.  The BBF also announced a new grant for $20,000 worth of lacrosse equipment provided by ComLax, which will be distributed annually to one deserving lacrosse team un the United States.  Founded by Coach Belichick in 2013, The BBF provides coaching, mentorship, and financial assistance to  individuals, communities and organizations, with a focus on the sports of football and lacrosse. 

Coach Belichick is an ardent supporter of charities and education, and has consistently demonstrated that commitment through a wide variety of activities and contributions.  In the Foundation’s first year, he distributed over $100,000 of financial assistance, through a scholarship program for deserving student athletes, and a grant program for underserved schools and organizations.  This spring, the Foundation hosted its 2014 recipients at a reception at Patriot Place in Foxborough.   Many said the financial assistance was transformative – for students who needed support to reach their academic goals, and for sports-based youth programs that required a helping hand to really make an impact.

The response to the call for 2015 applications for assistance was so great that this year, Coach Belichick has chosen to double the amount of the scholarship and grant awards.  The BBF is now giving a $5,000 scholarship to students who have improved and excelled academically while participating in athletics, up from $2,500 last year.  The grant is now a $10,000 gift that recognizes deserving athletic communities or organizations in need of financial support.  Both types of aid are geared towards creating, guiding and fostering the athletic leaders of tomorrow, who will embrace the Foundation’s values and pay that knowledge forward to the next generation. This year, thanks to overwhelming support for its initiatives, the Foundation not only increased the scholarship and grant gifts, but also grew the number of recipients receiving distributions.

“It’s humbling to hear from these inspiring individuals and organizations who are have aligned their goals with our Foundation’s goals.  It’s an honor to be able to help support their hard work and efforts” said Belichick.  “Because we’ve received such strong support from our sponsors and donors this year, we were able to pay that generosity forward.  Ultimately, we chose, along with our Board of Directors and Executive Committee, to fund 29 scholarships and 20 grants,” he added.  “We’re very excited to be able to make an even bigger impact in our second full year of operation.”       

Grant winners include:

  • Academics in Motion – School-based mentoring program that focuses on the problem of underperforming schools and the “low completion epidemic” in New York City using participation in sports, arts, and after-school clubs to engage high-risk students and translate that passion into academic and personal excellence.
  • Corsair Football Foundation – Provides assistance (fundraising, career counseling, personal development and mentorship) with a goal of helping these student-athletes be better prepared for life after college using three pillar approach of academic excellence, athletic achievement, and commitment to the community.
  • Denver City Lax – Sports-based youth development program providing educational opportunities and pathways for success in life to at risk youth through lacrosse.
  • Falmouth Football Booster Club – Nonprofit booster club supporting Falmouth, ME, High School Football.
  • Foster-Gloucester Regional School District – Ponaganset High School is an education-based athletics program that values community service and coaching. They will be starting a boys and girls Lacrosse program this coming spring and will be providing equipment for anyone who wants to join the team. 
  • Georgetown Youth Lacrosse – Nonprofit organization that provides instruction, support, equipment, maintained facilities, league play, team building, and sportsmanship experience to youth lacrosse players in Georgetown, MA.
  • Inter-LAX – Nonprofit that has brought lacrosse into the towns of Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Meredith, and Sandwich, NH.
  • Montclair Cobras Football – Youth football club that is first or only structured discipline and team experience many kids in the Montclair area will have.
  • Nantucket Skating Club – Provides a safe, constructive environment for kids to develop athletic skills related to individual and team skating.
  • Neighborhood Academy – Supporting middle school students who are being raised in underserved neighborhoods of Birmingham, AL, through lacrosse.
  • New Bedford Pop Warner Whalers – Organization aiming to provide youth with positive role models who advocate character development, citizenship, and sportsmanship both on and off the football field to improve safety within the community.
  • Next One Up Foundation – Foundation that aims to transform the lives of young men in Baltimore City by supporting and advancing their academic, athletic, and social development through healthy summer activities and year-long sports opportunities.
  • North Attleboro HS Lacrosse Booster Club – Fully self-funded high school lacrosse program that teaches student-athletes to deal with and overcome adversity, work together, and be the best player, teammate, and member of society they can be.
  • Pop Warner Little Scholars – Nonprofit that seeks to develop well-rounded young men and women who learn not only the fundamentals of football, cheerleading, and dance, but also the importance of education in an atmosphere conducive to developing sound character while having a good time.
  • Winners Lacrosse – Organization that uses lacrosse as a vehicle to instill values and life-enriching skills that give youth the tools to be successful on and off the field.
  • Friends of Harmon Field – A nonprofit  whose mission is to rebuild an out-of-date football stadium and sports complex in Greenville, Ohio that will now be able to host inter-scholastic sporting events and grow youth sports programming across the board.
  • Capitol Squash – A non-profit organization that mentors students through academics, athletics, and service learning. They work to provide urban youth with life-changing opportunities through the sport of squash, intensive educational support, mentoring, and community service.
  • PUCKidz – a nonprofit out of Chula Vista, CA, awarded for a 2nd year, that offers afterschool programs, clinics and camps during summer and school vacation weeks, and reduced or no fee participation to the area’s underserved African-American, Hispanic and Asian population*
  • Oakland Lacrosse – a nonprofit, awarded for a 2nd year, that supports lacrosse and academic programs in the underserved Northern California city*

Scholarship winners include:

  • Abigail Johnson  
  • Molly Lanahan
  • Andrew DeNucci
  • Nathan Lebowitz
  • Angel Escalante
  • Nijly Vilme
  • Brendan Wright
  • Olivia Lyons
  • Brian Lonergan
  • Olivia Slade
  • Brooke Szachnowicz
  • Emily Szachnowicz
  • Rikki Rooklin
  • Catherine Storch
  • Robert Esposito
  • Carina Flaherty
  • Samuel Calhoun
  • Francesca Galeazzi
  • Stephanie Cohen
  • Hannah Andrew
  • William Ramsay
  • James Aloisi
  • William Schwob
  • Jude Simplice
  • Zachary Hyde
  • Kezia Duarte
  • Abigail Provost**
  • Logan Boyle
  • Logan Smith**
  • Megan Cranston

*Both PUCKidz and Oakland Lacrosse were awarded for the second year, at a $5,000 grant level, bringing both up to BBF’s new grant amount of $10,000.

**Abigail Provost and Logan Smith are awarded for the second year, at a $2,500 scholarship level, bringing both up to the BBF’s new scholarship amount of $5,000.

In addition to its mission-specific grants this year, BBF also donated funds to US Lacrosse to start two new “First Stick Programs,” for both a boys and girls team.

The Foundation has been able to increase its partnerships due to a successful year of fundraising.  The Foundation recently partnered with Safety Tag, an innovative online platform that improves communication between youth coaches, parents and league administrators. In September, BBF held its 2nd annual “Hall of Fame Huddle,” which raised over $200,000.  At the event, Safety Tag received a $10,000 donation from the Foundation.  Last Spring, BBF joined forces with the Boston Cannons, the men’s professional MLL team that plays at Gillette Stadium, sending up to 100 school-aged kids to each home game during lacrosse season.  The kids were able to sit in a specially-designated “Belichick Huddle” section, receive giveaways, take photos on the field with the players, and enjoy the day. The Foundation also teamed up with the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, the Providence After School Alliance, and the Paul Rabil Foundation to help support their lacrosse programs.  At the NCAA Championship Game in Philadelphia in May, the Belichick Foundation also hosted a group of kids involved in the city’s LEAP program in a “Huddle” section.

Most recently, the BBF announced that it has received $20,000 in lacrosse equipment to grant to one startup team or existing lacrosse team in need of new gear.  In an effort to grow the sport of lacrosse, the BBF and ComLax want to help teams by making sure they are wearing equipment that is safe, updated and fits properly. ComLax has partnered with the BBF to donate equipment to either a youth team, high school or college level team. The BBF Equipment Grant provided by ComLax can be found at www.billbelichickfoundation.org. Applications are due by January 31, 2016.

Bill Belichick has a long history of philanthropy and personally supports many causes, including a scholarship fund created in 2003 at Annapolis High School for students who have improved or excelled academically while participating in athletics.  Belichick grew up in Annapolis, and his commitment to the Maryland area remains strong.  Through his Foundation, Belichick has now formally expanded that mission to the New England region and beyond.

“My father, Steve Belichick who passed now 10 years ago, was a longtime football scout and coach at the Naval Academy. He taught me many lessons about loyalty, discipline and commitment and I am honored to help so many people who share our values,” said Belichick. “We are thrilled to be able to increase our Foundation’s reach this year, and we hope to continue this trajectory of growth in the years to come.”

For more information on The Bill Belichick Foundation or to apply to run on the Bill Belichick Foundation 2016 Boston Marathon team, please visit: www.billbelichickfoundation.org 

About The Bill Belichick Foundation:

The Bill Belichick Foundation aims to provide coaching, mentorship, and financial assistance to individuals, communities, and organizations.  Focusing on the sports of football and lacrosse, its mission is to bring the values of the Belichick family – a love of coaching, leadership, and teamwork to the athletic leaders of tomorrow.  Bill Belichick is in his 41st season as an NFL coach and is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. He leads all active coaches and currently ranks in fifth place all time with 233 total victories as a head coach. In addition to his Super Bowl wins, Coach Belichick has coached the Patriots to six Super Bowl appearances: victories in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, and AFC championships in 2007 and 2012, he was named  AP NFL Coach of the Year for the 2003, 2007 and 2010 seasons.  For more information on the BBF, please visit: www.billbelichickfoundation.org

About ComLax:

ComLax is the #1 lacrosse store online to shop lacrosse equipment, gear and clothing. Each ComLax store is staffed by lacrosse players who love the game and more importantly, play the game. All employees are trained extensively in Customer Service and are also participants in several equipment demo sessions which occur multiple times per year.  ComLax and Pure Hockey are based in Massachusetts and have 31 stores across the US. For more information, please visit: www.comlax.com