NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK AWARDS 2016 GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS TO BILL BELICHICK FOUNDATION RECIPIENTS
Bill Belichick Foundation selects recipients, awarding more than a quarter of a million dollars in scholarship and grants.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass… (November 10, 2016) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick announced today that the Bill Belichick Foundation (BBF) has awarded over $300,000 in grants and scholarships for 2016, continuing its annual tradition of philanthropy. 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 2015 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 2016 applications for assistance was just as great as it was last year, so Coach Belichick chose to match the amount of the scholarship and grant awards distributed in 2015, which had been doubled from the Foundation’s inaugural year. The BBF gives a $5,000 scholarship to students who have excelled academically while participating in athletics. The grant is 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.
“It’s humbling to hear from these inspiring individuals and organizations who have aligned their goals with ours. It’s an honor to be able to 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 32 scholarships and 15 grants,” he added. Belichick and the BBF are very excited to continue to make an impact in its third full year of operation.
Grant winners include:
- Boys & Girls Club of Brockton – Nonprofit organization in Brockton, MA, providing a positive, safe environment for youth and adolescents. BGCB offers an afterschool community for youth with academic support, mentorship, and physical activities. The Club’s mission is to “nurture strong minds, healthy bodies, and community spirit through youth driven, quality programming in a safe and fun environment.”
- Bridge Lacrosse – Sports-based youth development nonprofit that serves urban communities in North Texas. It seeks to provide equal access to the sport of lacrosse for surrounding communities, closing the opportunity gap, and broadening the horizons of underprivileged youth.
- Canton Youth Lacrosse – Youth lacrosse program in Canton, MA, providing fun and instructional opportunities with teams balanced with different player abilities, run completely by volunteers.
- City Lacrosse – Nonprofit organization providing instruction, support, and league play for the youth of inner-city charter schools in Los Angeles, CA.
- Coaching4Change – Charitable organization that fosters teaching, learning, and sports activities to promote leadership and life skills for youth in Easton and Brockton, MA. The mission is to minimize the learning gap for youth in low-income communities.
- Detroit Police Athletic League, Inc. – Nonprofit seeking to positively impact the lives of children in Detroit, MI. Partnerships with the Detroit Police Department and volunteers allow the development of good character, leadership skills, and healthy lifestyles in area youth.
- Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership – School-based nonprofit for at-risk youth, providing academic support, leadership training, mentorship, college readiness and counseling.
- Hull Boosters Club – School-based organization to support athletics, academics, and enrichment programs for Hull High School students in Hull, MA.
- Israel Lacrosse Association – National Governing Body of lacrosse in Israel, serving as a nonprofit organization in the United States. It’s committed to making lacrosse Israel’s national sport, through programs inspiring participation.
- The Jeremiah E. Burke High School – School-based football program in Boston, MA, for young men dedicated to hard work and their studies in the classroom.
- Lacrosse the Nations – Nonprofit based in Washington, DC, with a mission to improve the lives of children in need around the world. With programs in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and in the States, the organization offers a life skills curriculum, healthy meal programs, educational scholarships and fun with the sport of lacrosse.
- New England Patriots Alumni Club – Nonprofit seeks to engage former Patriot players in youth football programs throughout New England. Aiding in funding for programs, the mission is to emphasize leadership, teamwork and achievement.
- OWLS Lacrosse – Organization providing opportunity for at-risk youth in Chicago, IL, through academic support, service, extracurricular enrichment, and lacrosse training.
- Simmons College – A private college in Boston, MA, for women, with a NCAA Division III Lacrosse team competing in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
- Worcester High School Lacrosse Program – School-based athletics department offers a co-op football team and a city-wide lacrosse team for students.
Scholarship winners include:
- Madison Brosler
- Nina Bourgeois
- Bret Cordle
- Daniel Curran
- Tiana Delano
- Jordan Del Bianco
- Damon Edwards
- Caroline Feeley
- Jack Forbes
- Kathryn Fox
- Courtney Francis
- Dalton Garver
- Cassandra Gavin
- Julie Hinton
- Alexandra Huffman
- Jacob Hryzan
- Drew Laundry
- Nikolas Mejia
- Shannon MacGregor
- Janidy Madera
- Madeline Maloney
- Victoria Newbill
- Austin O’Gorman
- Nathan Philbrook
- Bridget Ralph
- Julianna Rankin
- Skylar Simmers
- Amber Thomas
- Margaret Wiggen
- Tyler Wiik
- Haley Wood
Coach Belichick will host a reception for 2016 grant and scholarship recipients in Foxboro next spring.
The Foundation has been able to increase its partnerships due to a successful year of fundraising. In September, BBF held its 3nd annual “Hall of Fame Huddle,” which raised over $200,000.
In addition to these grants and scholarships, and a host of lacrosse-based initiatives, the Moses Brown School and Providence After School Alliance, the Boston Cannons, the NCAA Lacrosse Championships, and the Paul Rabil Foundation, the BBF is also participating in several this Fall. This month, the Foundation is supporting a Monday night playoff football game at Harvard Stadium for PlayBall!, a nonprofit that provides youth sports opportunities for middle school students in the Boston Public Schools. On December, the BBF is serving as a premier sponsor for the Paul Rabil Foundation’s annual fundraising gala.
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 away more than a decade 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 those same values,” said Belichick. “We’re 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.”
The 2017 BBF Grant and Scholarship applications will be available by February 1, 2017. For more information on The Bill Belichick Foundation or to inquire about possible sponsorship opportunities, visit www.billbelichickfoundation.org
About The Bill Belichick Foundation:
The Bill Belichick Foundation was established in 2013 to provide coaching, mentorship and financial support to individuals, communities and organizations. Focusing on football and lacrosse, its mission is to bring the values of the Belichick family – a love of sports, coaching and team building – to the athletic leaders of tomorrow. Bill Belichick in his 42nd 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. In 2014, he won his fourth Super Bowl, tying Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll for most wins by a head coach, and placing him in an elite group of only five head coaches with four or more titles in NFL history. He enters the 2016 season leading all active coaches with 246 total victories. The Bill Belichick Foundation has raised more than a half a million dollars since its inception.