THE BILL BELICHICK FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTES OVER $300,000 TO STUDENT ATHLETES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS IN NEED
The nonprofit announces annual grant and scholarship recipient winners
BOSTON, MA – (February 23, 2022) –The Bill Belichick Foundation today announced it has made immense strides towards supporting student athletes and athletic programs in need by distributing $385,000 in scholarships and grants to individuals and organizations across the country. As athletic programs recover from programming obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bill Belichick Foundation has distributed monetary awards to qualifying organizations through its annual grant and scholarship program.
While the pandemic continues to affect sports at all levels, the Bill Belichick Foundation’s financial support will help rebuild and grow sports programs across the United States. Scholarship and grant funds will provide athletic experiences and opportunities to underprivileged youth and sports programs in need.
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. The Foundation is proud to announce the 13 recipients of its eighth annual scholarship class, a $5,000 stipend awarded to students who have excelled academically while participating in athletics.
Bill Belichick Foundation 2021 scholarship winners include:
Brian Poirier, Jr.
Katherine Van De Car
“We reviewed over 100 impressive applications and were able to award over a dozen qualified student athletes this year. We are proud to have these programs 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 GPA 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.
“As many programs are still affected by the pandemic, we are grateful to have the opportunity to distribute scholarships and grants to help deserving student athletes. Our aim is to lessen the burden of tuition and various costs of running athletic programs, such as equipment, field space, lockers, transportation, coaching and registration fees,” said Linda Holliday, President of the Bill Belichick Foundation.
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 32 programs across the country.
The Bill Belichick Foundation 2021 grant recipients include:
Adaptive Sports New England – Boston, Massachusetts
Atlanta Youth Rugby, Inc. – Atlanta, Georgia
Bakersfield Youth Lacrosse League – Bakersfield, California
Baltimore Urban Baseball Association – Baltimore, Maryland
Beacon House – Washington, District of Columbia
Boston Renegades – Brighton, Massachusetts
Bridge Street Middle School – Wheeling, West Virginia
Carver Center Foundation – Towson, Maryland
Catalyst Sports – Atlanta, Georgia
Central City Boxing & Barbell Inc. – Springfield, Massachusetts
Cypress Lake High School Football Program – Fort Myers, Florida
Fauquier Youth Lacrosse League – Warrenton, Virginia
Indian Nations Youth Sports – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Kingsley Bowmen – Klamath Falls, Oregon
The Light Foundation – Greenville, Ohio
Navy Juniors SEALs Swim Club – Annapolis, Maryland
North Charleston High School Athletics – North Charleston, South Carolina
One Love Sports Academy – Dorchester, Massachusetts
OWLS Lacrosse – Chicago, Illinois
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, Inc. – St. Petersburg, Florida
Pueblo West Metropolitan District – Pueblo West, Colorado
Nikiski Hockey Association – Nikski, Alaska
Salt Lake Community College Foundation – Salt Lake City, Utah
Sandhills Machine Inc. – Raeford, North Carolina
Seneca High School Past and Present – Louisville, Kentucky
Special Olympics Hawaii Inc. – Ewa Beach Hawaii
Steelton-Highspire School District – Steelton, Pennsylvania
Team Hines Basketball Academy (Amateur Athletic Union of the USA) – Sicklerville, New Jersey
Toledo School District – Toledo, Washington
Upower – Seattle, Washington
Vertus Charter School – Rochester, New York
Youth Sports, Incorporated dba TWIN Hoops Sports – Roanoke, Virginia
“We continue to be inspired by coaches, athletic directors and volunteers for various sports programs who align their goals with ours and I’m proud that the Foundation can support 32 athletic organizations who will use the funds to build stronger teams,” said Bill Belichick. “We look for programs who have taken the initiative to fundraise, illustrate plans for growth and show that they are benefiting their respective communities. We’ve distributed over $2.6M in grants and scholarships since the BBF’s inception in 2013 and are humbled to have this opportunity to expand our recipient roster during a difficult few years for athletes who love to play sports and coaches who thrive as leaders,” he added.
The 2022 Bill Belichick Foundation scholarship and grant applications will be available online by March 1, 2022 through June 1, 2022 at billbelichickfoundation.org. Applications will be open for qualified student athletes, seniors in high school, freshman, sophomores and juniors in college, and athletic programs in the United States.
Later this year the BBF will announce plans for its annual equipment grant programs with STX and Good Sports. All applications will be available on billbelichickfoundation.org.
For the seventh consecutive year, the BBF has been awarded Boston Marathon entries through the John Hancock’s Nonprofit Program. This spring Team Belichick will have 11 runners entered in the highly anticipated 126th Boston Marathon. Proceeds raised Team Belichick’s fundraising efforts will support the BBF’s 2022 scholarship and grant programs.
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 46th 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 distributed over two million dollars since its inception to student athletes and athletic programs in need through its scholarship and grant programs. For more information on the Bill Belichick Foundation, please visit www.billbelichickfoundation.org.