Apple Springs gifted new football equipment by Peyton Manning, Riddell

Apple Springs gifted new football equipment by Peyton Manning, Riddell
Updated: Sep. 5, 2018 at 12:52 PM CDT
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APPLE SPRINGS, TX (KTRE) - The Apple Springs Eagles will soon have some pretty cool new football gear thanks to Superbowl winning quarterback Peyton Manning and Ridell.

The company officially announced today that the small Trinity County School that plays 6-man football was one of 18 recipients of this year's Smarter Football Equipment Grant.

According to the press release the Eagles demonstrated their commitment to teaching smarter tactics on the field while continuing to grow their program. Apple Springs was one of 12 high schools to get the grant. There was also one college team, two middle school teams and three youth programs.

"I am proud to help Riddell shine a light on these outstanding football programs," said Peyton Manning. "From Apple Springs High School utilizing its 'H-Awareness' around heat and hydration, and USA Football's Heads Up Football program, to the Madras High School White Buffaloes leveraging the values and lessons from football to be more productive members of society as part of the D.E.S.I.R.E. initiative, Smarter Football is stronger than ever. I hope we continue to see more teams follow the lead of this incredible collection of coaches, players, administrators and parents."

The following is a full list of ‘18 in 18’ Smarter Football equipment grant recipients:

  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Apple Springs High School Eagles: Apple Springs, Texas
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Brandywine High School Bulldogs: Wilmington, Delaware
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Ecole Secondaries Franco Site: Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Englewood High School Rams: Jacksonville, Florida
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Fayette High School Falcons: Fayette, Missouri
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Finlandia University Lions: Hancock, Michigan 
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Florence-Carlton High School Falcons: Florence, Montana
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Florence Henry High School Falcons: Florence, South Dakota
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Madras High School White Buffaloes: Madras, Oregon
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Molokai High School Farmers: Ho'olehua, Hawaii
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">North Texas Youth Cowboys: Dallas, Texas 
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Poinciana High School Eagles: Kissimmee, Florida
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Rogersville Middle School Warriors: Rogersville, Tennessee
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Scott’s Branch Middle School Eagles: Manning, South Carolina
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Spring Valley High School Vikings: Columbia, South Carolina
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">Stearns High School Minutemen: Millinocket, Maine
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">United States Virgin Islands Department of Education: Christiansted, USVI
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:105%;">West Las Vegas High School Dons: Las Vegas, New Mexico

"As the industry leader in athlete protection, we are incredibly passionate about working together with exemplary football programs and advocates like Peyton Manning to further advance the sport we all love and believe in," said Riddell President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Arment in the release. "We extend high praise to this year's class of Smarter Football winners and thank all who applied for '18 in 18.' The future of football is strong with this year's grant recipients paving the way."

For more information about the Smarter Football program, please visit Anyone in the football community is invited to join the movement by following @RiddellSports on social media and sharing their own examples of #SmarterFootball in action.

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