Football is a universal language, one that brings together students of many different backgrounds, experiences, and personalities. My football team has always included students of various backgrounds, personalities, academic levels, and social circles, allowing friendships to form which would have never likely happened without the shared experiences on the football field.
Three out of four students at my school are eligible for free lunch.
Our students come from some of the toughest neighborhoods in NYC. Many of them have experienced trauma in their lives and have difficulty coming to school.
I strongly believe that playing on a school team goes a long way in teaching students valuable life skills that allow them to overcome obstacles and set them on a path to lead productive lives. How can we close the achievement gap when students do not have the necessary materials to succeed?
We have sixty football players in ninth through twelfth grade. These players will make up two separate teams including junior varsity and varsity. The majority of the time they will practice separate from one another.
During practice, our players will be broken into small groups in various locations of our facility.
With this in mind, we need tackling dummies, blocking shields and strength training equipment to be used in various locations.
This new equipment will be replacing old, worn out equipment. It will allow for players to get the maximum number of reps, stay focused on training and not wait in lines for a turn!
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