WALPOLE, MA – (April 21, 2017) – New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick today announced five regional and two national recipients of the second annual Bill Belichick Foundation (BBF) Lacrosse Equipment Grant. The BBF teamed up with STX last winter to launch applications for a grant providing $20,000 worth of new, safe gear to boys and girls youth lacrosse teams in need this spring.
The Bill Belichick Foundation received over 40 applications from lacrosse teams in need of equipment in order to grow the sport in their community. Today, seven teams have been granted with brand new head-to-toe STX lacrosse equipment. Boys’ teams received: helmets, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, sticks for 24 field players and one set of goalie equipment. Girls’ teams received: sticks and goggles for 24 field players and one set of goalie equipment for the Spring 2017 lacrosse season. In addition, each team will receive reversible Nike pennies with their team logo along with the BBF logo for practices and scrimmages.
The partnership between the BBF and STX gives many student-athletes the opportunity to join a team and learn how to play or continue to improve their skills. “Lacrosse is not an inexpensive sport,” said Belichick. “It’s heartbreaking to hear from volunteer coaches who tell us that students can’t join their teams because they can’t afford the gear to play. These programs and young students are more than deserving of the new equipment and opportunity,” he added. “We hope our contributions along with STX, will help to take some of the financial burdens off these teams and help to take their programs to the next level,” said Belichick.
Together, the BBF and STX aim to make the sport of lacrosse more accessible to the growing number of America’s aspiring youth players. This year for the second annual lacrosse equipment grant, the BBF has increased the number of receiving grants from four to seven teams for the start of the Spring 2017 season.
Regional BBF Equipment Grant Recipients:
- Cambridge Youth Lacrosse
- The Lowell Junior High
- Guardians Youth Lacrosse (Boylston, Mass.)
- Titans Youth Lacrosse (Attleboro, Mass.)
- Houlton Lacrosse Club (Houlton, Maine)
National BBF Equipment Grant Recipients:
- Chiawana Lacrosse Club (Pasco, Washington)
- Collegium Charter School (Exton, Pennsylvania)
The Bill Belichick Foundation recently launched its 2017 BBF scholarship and grant applications which can be found at: www.billbelichickfoundation.org through July 1st. Applications from student athletes and athletic program will be reviewed this summer and winners will be chosen in the fall.
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. Entering his 43rd season as an NFL coach, Bill Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. In 2017, Belichick set an NFL record for most Super Bowl wins (five) by a head coach. Belichick is in an elite group of only five head coaches with four or more titles in NFL history. He enters the 2017 season leading all active coaches with 262 total victories. 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.