Athletic Trainer Grant

Athletic Trainer Grant

As part of its commitment to improve athlete health and safety at all levels of sport, the NFL Foundation has launched a pilot grant program to increase the number of high school football players with access to an athletic trainer. Current research suggests nearly 30% of high schools do not have an athletic training program.

In collaboration with Gatorade, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Korey Stringer Institute and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, this program aims to improve the health and safety of student athletes at up to 150 public high schools beginning next fall. Eligible schools in four states – Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma and Oregon – can apply for a three-year grant award totaling $35,000 through this pilot program.

In addition to administering the grant program, the Korey Stringer Institute will also lead research efforts on the impact of the program and the impact of athletic trainers on student athlete health outcomes.

Eligible schools are encouraged to apply before the December 16, 2016 deadline. As a pilot program, any future plans for this grant will be determined following an assessment of this year’s program.