WALPOLE, MA – (March 21, 2018) – New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick today announced seven national recipients of the third annual Bill Belichick Foundation (BBF) Spring Lacrosse Equipment Grant. The BBF has teamed up with STX to distribute $20,000 worth of new, safe gear to boys’ and girls’ youth and high school lacrosse teams in need this spring.
The Bill Belichick Foundation received approximately 40 applications from lacrosse teams in need of equipment to grow the sport in their respective communities. Today, seven teams have been granted with 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 2018 lacrosse season. New to the grant donation this season, recipients will also receive reversible practice jerseys donated by Nike.
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 equipment is not inexpensive,” said Belichick. “It’s heartbreaking to hear from parents and volunteer coaches who tell us that students in their communities can’t join local teams because they can’t afford the gear to play. These communities are more than deserving of the new equipment and opportunity,” he added. “We hope our donation, along with STX’s, will ease the financial burdens these teams routinely face, and help take their programs to the next level,” Together, the BBF and STX aim to make the sport of lacrosse more accessible to the growing number of America’s aspiring young players.
BBF Equipment Grant Recipients:
- Rangeview High School (Aurora, CO)
- Dorchester Lacrosse (Cambridge, MD)
- The Butte Lacrosse Club (Butte, MT)
- Pompano Beach High School (Pompano Beach, FL)
- Santa Barbara Girls Lacrosse Association (Santa Barbara, CA)
- Native American Community Academy (Albuquerque, NM)
- Sullivan County Knights (Kingsport, TN)
In addition to the STX equipment grant distribution announcement, the Bill Belichick Foundation once again teamed up with Providence, Rhode Island’s Moses Brown Boys and Girls Lacrosse last spring to participate in their Grounders for the Game campaign. The program asks community members to pledge a fixed monetary donation for each ground ball scooped up during the season. At the final game, the funds are totaled up, matched by the BBF, and donated to Rhode Island-based youth lacrosse programs. This spring, the Foundation is proud to announce that $9000 has been donated to the Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League, and $3200 to the Providence Afterschool Alliance.
The Bill Belichick Foundation is also gearing up to launch its 2018 BBF scholarship and grant applications this spring, which can be found at: www.billbelichickfoundation.org through June 15th. Applications from student athletes and athletic program will be reviewed this summer and recipients will be chosen in the fall. High school seniors, college freshman, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply.
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 will enter the 2018 NFL season leading all active coaches with 278 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.