Shelton Pop Warner receives helmet grant

Shelton Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading was one of 22 Pop Warner associations nationwide chosen to receive 24 new Schutt football helmets via the National Pop Warner grant program.

Pop Warner National and its sponsors provide local associations with the opportunity to receive equipment and funds through the Pop Warner Equipment and Apparel Grant Program.

These grant programs are offered at the national level and are, by no means, the only sources of grants for Pop Warner Associations.

Pop Warner encourages its leagues, associations and teams to seek partnerships and sponsorships with local businesses and to apply for any eligible grants.

Erin Candler, who heads up fundraising for Shelton, spearheaded the grant application.

“As a not-for-profit organization, we rely heavily on donations, volunteers and grants to run this program” Candler said.

“Safety is our top priority; this grant goes a long way in offsetting the expense of fitting the kids with proper helmets.”

The Schutt Recruit Hybrid helmet awarded to Shelton features TPU front and crown cushions, vinyl-nitrite side and back padding, SUREFIT slots, and a vinyl comfort liner. The jaw pads on the Recruit Hybrid also feature Air Maxx TPU along with a soft vinyl-covered jaw pad, combining protection and comfort.

Said Tim Monteleone, President of SPW:

“All football helmets are reconditioned each year and helmets that are too old have to be replaced.

“The helmets were received this week from Schutt and will be fitted with logos for the upcoming season which begins on Aug. 1.”

Schutt Sports is a leading maker of football helmets and faceguards. Three out of four professional football players take the field wearing Schutt gear designs. The company was founded in 1918 and is based in Litchfield, Ill.

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Shelton Pop Warner is part of Southern Connecticut Pop Warner — which includes teams from 20 southern Connecticut towns. Teams compete against area towns including Derby, Seymour, Trumbull, Stratford, Fairfield and Milford. Home games are played at Gracie Field (behind the old Lafayette school). Shelton Pop Warner is a non-profit organization.

For more information visit sheltonpopwarner/.com.