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Mr. Mensah from Columbus OH is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Toughness Over Talent

Help me give my students the training equipment necessary to develop toughness, endurance and safety for the gridiron.

  • $2,797 goal

This project expired on February 28, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our team is young and talented, but seeking to increase mental and physical toughness. They will face uphill battles in the classroom, on the football field and life. Yet they are resilient and excited to face these challenges head on.

95% of my student-athletes are African American and 93% of them qualify for free or reduced lunch.

They recognize they are not where they need to be and work hard to get there. My school is on a mission of getting all kids not only to but through college. Sports is an avenue that aided me in getting to college, I want the same opportunities for me kids.

My Project

Football is a physical game. Our student-athletes need to be in the best physical condition possible to be safe and effective. Weighted sleds will develop endurance when drive blocking. Tackling wheels teach proper tackling form with low impact. Running chutes will provide good resistance as they practice their running form. Resistance bands will aid our student-athletes in stretching and flexibility.

By donating to this project, you will help ensure that our players develop the physical tools necessary to be safe.

Players that consistently train with the proper equipment and coaching are better able to perform on and off the field. These resources will be used for years to come for our football program. We appreciate your consideration.

Mr. Mensah
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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17 donors17 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Body Solid 5-30 lb. Vinyl Kettlebell Set with Rack • DICK'S Sporting Goods $299.99 2 $599.98
ETHOS Heavy Super Band • DICK'S Sporting Goods $34.99 10 $349.90
GoFit Combat Rope • DICK'S Sporting Goods $159.99 2 $319.98
ETHOS Power Sled • DICK'S Sporting Goods $159.99 2 $319.98
SafeTackle ST-PRO(40") tackle wheel/ring • Amazon Business $279.96 1 $279.96
PRIMED Speed Sled • DICK'S Sporting Goods $69.99 2 $139.98
SKLZ Speed Chute • DICK'S Sporting Goods $29.99 4 $119.96

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