New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick announced today a partnership between the Bill Belichick Foundation and lacrosse company, STX to provide $20,000 worth of new, safe gear to teams in need. The Bill Belichick Foundation's second annual lacrosse equipment grant application will be available online until January 1, 2017, for youth and high school teams around the world. The purpose of this partnership is to give more student athletes the opportunity to learn and safely play the sport of lacrosse. The BBF has increased its giving and will distribute STX gear to roughly six teams for the start of the Spring 2017 lacrosse season, up from three teams in 2016.
Earlier this year, The Bill Belichick Foundation's equipment grant provided the following teams in need with a budget for new gear of their choice: The Youth L.I.F.E. Support Network, Inc., Beverwyck Renegade Lacrosse program, Croatian Lacrosse Association, and Dennis Yarmouth Girls Lacrosse Club. This year, the BBF and STX Lacrosse Equipment Grant will provide full head-to-toe gear for roughly six teams. Youth and high school teams are eligible to apply at http://www.billbelichickfoundation.org.
The BBF and STX will provide gear for 24 field players and equipment for one goalie for each grant winning team for the upcoming 2017 Spring season. Boys' teams will be awarded with helmets, gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads and sticks. Girls' teams will be gifted goggles and sticks for 24 field players along with gear for one goalie.
BBF and STX aim to make the sport of lacrosse more accessible to the growing population of America's young players. "We are proud to partner with STX to provide new lacrosse gear to underserved youth teams looking take their programing to the next level," said Coach Belichick. "We also hope this will take the burden of expensive gear off the parents and provide additional resources for coaches so more kids can be on the field at once," he added.
Coaches, players and parents interested in the BBF and STX Lacrosse Equipment Grant can fill out the online application at: http://billbelichickfoundation.org/bill-belichick-foundation-stx-2017-spring-equipment-grant/ or http://bit.ly/BBFSTX.
Those applying for the grant must be a school or sports program illustrating the need for lacrosse equipment. Applicants must submit a letter of intent, a written essay, and a list of references. All applications must be submitted online by January 1, 2017. Grant recipients will receive gear by February 1, 2017.
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 42nd season as an NFL coach and is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. In 2014, he won his fourth Super Bowl, tying Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll for most wins by a head coach, and placing him in an elite group of only five head coaches with four or more titles in NFL history. He enters the 2016 season leading all active coaches with 246 total victories. The Bill Belichick Foundation has raised more than a half a million dollars since its inception.
About STX: 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 http://www.stx.com.