THE BILL BELICHICK FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTES OVER $335,000 IN GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENT ATHLETES AND ATHLETIC ORGANIZATIONS
In addition, the BBF outfits five lacrosse teams across the U.S. with STX equipment for the spring season
BOSTON, MA – (March 4, 2019) – Six-time Super Bowl winning Head Coach Bill Belichick and Linda Holliday, today announced the Bill Belichick Foundation has distributed $335,000 in scholarships and grants across the country earlier this month in addition to providing new lacrosse equipment to five deserving teams in partnership with STX.
The Bill Belichick Foundation, established in 2013 in memory of the late Steve Belichick, provides 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. As the Foundation continues to celebrate five years of giving back to student athletes, the BBF is proud to announce the 25 recipients of its fifth annual scholarship class, a $5,000 stipend awarded to students who have excelled academically while participating in athletics.
Bill Belichick Foundation scholarship winners include:
- Abby Byrd
- Alec Lusby
- Alexander Kerr
- Alyssa Richardson
- Autumn Allen
- Brennan Ralph
- Chelsea Smith
- Christina Massa
- Drew Laundry
- Dylan Moore
- Emma Flynn
- Emma Hryzan
- Jonathan Weitzman
- Julia Forbes
- Kelsey Barker
- Luke Stuart
- MacGuire O’Sullivan
- Michael Meads
- Nathan Philbrook
- Niklaus Zora
- Raevyn Dean
- Samantha Proulx-Whitcomb
- Shawn Soucie
- Sophie Tannen
- Stevie O’Connor
“We’re grateful to have the opportunity to distribute scholarships and grants to help deserving student athletes with their tuition and athletic programs with various costs of running a program such as equipment, field space, lockers, coaching resources and membership fees,” said Linda Holliday, executive director of the Bill Belichick Foundation. “We reviewed hundreds of impressive applications last fall – our largest applicant pool to date – and we’re confident that the 25 students selected will well represent the BBF and our mission,” Holliday added. To qualify, students must be a senior in high school, freshman, sophomore or junior in college, hold a grade point average of 3.0 or better, participate in at least one sport, submit a completed application for review along with a letter of recommendation and appropriate official school documents.
The Bill Belichick Foundation grant is a $10,000 gift that recognizes deserving athletic communities and 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 the BBF is awarding 21 programs across the country.
The Bill Belichick Foundation grant recipients include:
- Bishop Dunne Catholic; Dallas, TX
- Coronado Lacrosse; El Passo, TX
- Creative Movements Gymnastics; Atwood, KS
- Cross Keys Football; Atlanta, GA
- Forest Park High School; Woodbridge, VA
- Frankfort High School; Frankfort, KY
- Lithonia Middle School; Lithonia, GA
- MidMaine Lacrosse; Harland, ME
- Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey; Cranberry Township, PA
- Morgan County HS Football; Westliberty, KY
- Nantucket Ice Company; Nantucket, MA
- Jamaica Lacrosse International Association; Pittsford, NY
- Northern Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association; Manassa, VA
- Playworks New England; Boston, MA
- Poland Lacrosse Foundation; Charlotte, NC
- ReLax Collections; Annandale, NJ
- Saint Bonaventure Indian Mission and School; Thoreau, NM
- Stone Mountain High School Football; Stone Mountain, GA
- Team Focus; Mobile, AL
- Tower Foundation of San Jose State University; San Jose, CA
- Warriors of Tomorrow; Stevensville, MD
“It’s inspiring to hear from coaches and organizations who have aligned their goals with ours and we’re grateful to have received tremendous support in 2018, allowing us to award 21 programs who will use the funds to build stronger teams this year,” said Belichick. “We select programs who have taken the initiative to fundraise on their own, illustrate plans for growth and show that they are benefiting their respective communities. We’re happy to help organizations fulfill their missions,” he added.
2019 BBF scholarship and grant applications are now open at billbelichickfoundation.org. Qualified student athletes and athletic programs in the United States may apply for funding through June 7, 2019.
In addition, the BBF selected recipients for its annual equipment grant in partnership with STX, a global sporting goods leader in the sports of lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey. The BBF and STX together are supplying $20,000 worth of new, safe gear to five boys’ and girls’ youth and high school lacrosse teams for the start of spring lacrosse. Boys’ teams will receive: helmets, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, sticks for 24 field players and one set of goalie equipment. Girls’ teams will receive: sticks and goggles for 24 field players and one set of goalie equipment for the Spring 2019 lacrosse season.
Bill Belichick Foundation STX Equipment Grant recipients include:
- Bronx Lacrosse; Purchase, NY
- Curtis High School; Staten Island, NY
- Fayetteville High School; Fayetteville, AR
- Malden Catholic School for Girls; Malden, MA
- Watkins Mill High School; Gaithersburg, MD
“We’re proud to partner with a like-minded organization such as the Bill Belichick Foundation so we can together help grow the sport of lacrosse by getting more kids on the field,” said Joanna Lignelli, Key Account Director for STX. “Now in our third year of this partnership, we have been able to outfit deserving programs from head-to-toe to help eliminate the need for teams to share outdated, unsafe gear or to turn away players who can’t participate because they don’t own equipment,” Lignelli added. This year’s recipients will be unboxing their new STX lacrosse gear as shipments are scheduled to arrive within the coming weeks.
Lastly, the Bill Belichick Foundation rounded out its lacrosse initiatives by distributing over $4,000 to both the Providence After School Alliance and the Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League through Grounders for the Game, a program run by Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. Each Moses Brown boys’ and girls’ lacrosse team member and coach secured sponsors who pledged a monetary commitment for every ground ball scooped up throughout the course of the 2018 season. The BBF matched funds raised by Moses Brown School to have a greater impact on supporting Rhode Island youth lacrosse organizations.
The Bill Belichick Foundation is looking ahead to the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15th, as seven Team Belichick athletes have been training throughout the football season for the 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. Briana Lee, Tyler Wiseman, Brenda Iafrate, AJ Andreucci, Samantha Kruger, Kelsey Duryea and Drew Harrington have been selected to raise funds and represent the BBF’s 2019 Boston Marathon team in partnership with John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program.
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, entering his 45th season as an NFL coach, has set a new standard for success in the NFL and is the only head coach in league history to capture six Super Bowl titles. The Bill Belichick Foundation has raised over one million dollars since its inception. For more information on the Bill Belichick Foundation, please visit www.billbelichickfoundation.org.
STX is a global sporting goods leader in the sports of lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey. With its 1970 introduction of the first synthetic lacrosse head, STX ushered in the “modern era” of what is now the fastest growing team sport. Based in Baltimore, the home of lacrosse, STX has been universally recognized for innovation in product design and development. STX continues to strive for new performance standards in sporting goods equipment at the highest levels of competition. For more information, visit www.stx.com