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Local high school football team receives $10,000 equipment grant

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Waggener Traditional High School is getting a nice chunk of change to buy new helmets and pads from a prominent football equipment company.

Riddell announced on Monday that Waggener was one of ten schools nationwide to receive the $10,000 grant. Riddell says more than 1,000 programs applied.

“It was a pretty lengthy process to apply for it, and we found on Thursday through email and a phone call Friday,” said Waggener head football coach Jordan Johnson.

“We're going to really be at a place where we don't really have to worry about equipment anymore,” Johnson said.

He plans to purchase new shoulder pads, helmets and new pants for his players with the emphasis being on safety.

“I put my kid in the best equipment, and I want parents to know that when they send their kids to us, we're going to do the same for them,” Johnson said.

Johnson says they’ve received grant money for equipment in the past, but nothing on this scale.

“It'd be nice if all the kids could go to college and the NFL, but the truth is they're not, so we want to protect those bodies so they can still have fun with their kids,” Johnson said.

He also says more kids are coming into the football program.

“We're growing,” Johnson said. “We got a lot more numbers than we've had in the past.”

According to Riddell, the grant is aimed at programs that have “unique efforts to evolve the sport by teaching safer, smarter playing techniques.”

Johnson says he hopes to receive the grant money in the next several weeks. 

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