USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Tennessee Titans recently awarded grants for new equipment, uniforms and other resources to youth and scholastic football programs throughout the Tennessee area.

USA Football’s grant program will award over $1.5 million in resources to benefit young athletes in 2018, based on merit, need and a school’s or sports organization’s commitment to coaching education and best practices. USA Football has awarded more than $10 million in grants to school-based and youth football programs since 2006.

Grants are valued up to $1,500 apiece and provide the following resources from USA Football partners:

• Tackle football equipment from Riddell

• Flag football equipment from NFL FLAG powered by USA Football

• Uniforms from Badger Sportswear

• Practice equipment from Tackle Tube, Shawdowman Sports and Gilman Gear

• Field-building financial support from FieldTurf

• Background checks from Peopletrail

• Field equipment from Port-A-Field

“USA Football, in partnership with the Tennessee Titans, the NFL Foundation and our partners, is pleased to assist leagues and school-based programs by providing resources and equipment to help young athletes have a great football experience,” said USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck. “Supporting programs through our grants is one of the ways for us to show how we value the thousands of athletic directors, coaches and youth league leaders who do inspiring work for their kids through football.”

“The Titans are privileged to be able to support youth and high school football programs in our community,” said Josh Corey, Tennessee Titans Football Outreach Coordinator. “The teams receiving grant funding have made a commitment to ensuring a better and safer playing experience for their athletes. We are proud to reward that and to continue to support and grow the game of football in our state.”

Area grant recipients include: Arlington Youth Sports; Bluff City High School; Fayette Ware High School; Manassas High School; Memphis Bears, Inc.; Memphis Hurricanes; Memphis Mitchell High School; Memphis Shelby Police Activities League; Memphis Warriors Youth Sports; Memphis Yellow Jackets Youth Sports; North Memphis Steelers Youth Sports and Mentoring; Orange Mound Raiders Youth Sports and Mentoring Program; and Whitehaven High School.